Melinda Auma who is the mother of Sharon Otieno the slain Rongo University Student has said that she is okay working with Deputy President William Ruto just like the main suspect in the murder of her daughter Governor Okoth Obado.
Speaking to the media, Auma who has declared to run for a ward representative seat on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket said that she did not know that Governor Obado was also supporting Ruto.
Governor Obado who is serving his second term as the Migori County boss was voted on an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) ticket in the 2017 general elections.
Four months ago, Auma also declared her interest to serve as the Homabay Town West MCA and will contest in the 2022 general elections on a UDA ticket.
In her explanation, Auma said that she was forced to join politics by circumstances after she was deceived by ODM leaders who attended the burial of her daughter at her Homabay home.
“My joining of politics was not my personal decision. The people from Homabay Town West Ward requested me to join politics and after thinking about it I declared my interest,” Auma said.
She says she then told the residents that she will be eyeing the seat on a UDA ticket and they still assured her of their support.
According to Auma, officials from the ODM party had disappointed her after the death of her daughter which had really frustrated the family at large.
Auma said that when she said that she had joined UDA she did not expect that Governor Obado would be part of the party and even support DP Ruto.
“I did not know that UDA was the same party that Obado was backing. However, I don’t regret it because that does not affect my base in Homabay,” she told the media.
She also made it clear that the fact that both of them support the same party will not in any way affect the outcome of the case in which her daughter was murdered.
“As a mother and the family at large all we want from the case is justice so that the culprits pay for their wrongdoings,” Auma said.
Sharon who was in a relationship with governor Obado was killed and her body thrown in a forest within Homabay county.
This happened in 2018 and the case has been dragging in court with the family asking members of the public to assist them financially.