Michael Oyamo, the man holding the trump card in the killing of Sharon Otieno, is a quiet man with an intimidating physique.
Mr Oyamo (pictured), in his late 30s, is one of the dozen personal assistants of Migori Governor Okoth Obado, described as a loyalist. The former Kenya Navy soldier is feared by Mr Obado’s critics and it is unclear when or why he left the military.
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He has been seen around Obado since 2013, but it was not until early this year that he was included on the county payroll.
“He is a man of few words. He joined Obado’s team during the last campaigns. He comes from Mr Obado’s rural home in Kanyamkago,” said a youth leader who knows Oyamo.
Investigations by The Standard showed that Oyamo was officially recruited as a county government employee and put on the payroll on March 1, 2018. His designation is Personal Assistant to the Governor.
A source at the Migori County Public Service Board said the former soldier was recruited on a one-year renewable contract.
Another employee said Oyamo attended training in Afghanistan during his stint in the military.