EXCLUSIVE: Sharon Otieno family seeks financial support to attend Governor Obado’s trial

By , K24 Digital
On Thu, 1 Jul, 2021 22:27 | 2 mins read

The family of Sharon Otieno, the 26-year old whose lifeless body was found in a forest in Oyugis, is now seeking financial support in order to be able to attend the case where Migori Governor Okoth Obado is a suspect.

At the time of her death, Sharon was allegedly seven months pregnant and was in a relationship with Governor Obado who was reportedly the father to the unborn baby.

Sharon, who was a student at Rongo University left behind three children who are now being taken care of by her parents.

Through a fundraising organiser identified as Pauline Inda and who is based in Los Angeles in the US, the family has been struggling financially and for that reason, they now seek help from more well-wishers to assist them to follow the case.

Speaking to K24 Digital, the fund drive organiser said that the sad events that led to the death of Sharon are what touched her to call out for well-wishers.

Inda who co-created and Co-wrote 'Crime and Justice' which is the showmax's first Kenyan original movie said that with the encounter she has had with Sharon's family, they really needed help.

"A broken society that provides no safety. Politicians who have broken their promises. A man likely to escape justice in a country that has forgotten the murder of just another slay queen," she said.

The family this week created a GoFundMe account and has been asking for support saying that they were not in a position to attend the hearing that is scheduled to kick off on Monday, July 5.

"The goal of this campaign is to raise funds to help Sharon's parents meet the expenses that they will incur for travel to stay in Nairobi during the duration of the trial," a statement on the GoFundMe page reads in part.

Inda also asked those who are willing to reach out to Sharon's parents directly can still contact her and she will link them up.

This comes at a time when Governor Obado who has already announced his presidential bid asked that the court postpone the case due to Covid-19.

Through his lawyer Kioko Kilukumi, Obado who argued that since his county is listed amongst those affected by Covid-19 asked the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji that the case is postponed to a later date.

"In light of the directions issued by the Ministry of Health on June 17 for the greater public good and to avoid the quick spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19 to the rest of the country, my client is unable to travel outside the Covid-19 hotspot zone (Migori County)," the lawyer said.

The lawyer also requested that the case is mentioned virtually on Monday before the trial judge so that he issues new dates for the hearing.

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