Obado's affair with Sharon wasn't a secret, detective says

Former Migori Governor Okoth Obado in the dock at a Milimani Court during the hearing of a case where he is accused of murdering Shalon Otieno. [File, Standard]

Former Migori Governor Okoth Obado’s romantic relationship with Sharon Otieno was not a secret.

This is according to a senior DCI officer Ole Sena who testified yesterday in court, adding that it was in the public domain long before Sharon’s abduction and murder.

While concluding his evidence in the murder trial against Obado and his two aides, Sena confirmed before Justice Cecilia Githua that the relationship was not a secret.

“I found out during investigations that the affair between the deceased and the first accused person was not a secret,” Sena narrated.

“It was known by the county employees but when it comes to the family of the deceased l can not conclusively say they knew about it,” he added.

The detective, while being re-examined by State Prosecutor Wangui Gikui, revealed that the wife of Obado became aware of the affair when they were together with her husband in London.

On the pregnancy, the officer stated the family of Obado was not aware of the same until the former county boss son Dan received pictures from Sharon.

“The deceased (Sharon) sent scan pictures to the son of Obado about the pregnancy which he shared with the mother and the family,” Sena stated.

The officer also presented evidence on phone records between Obado and Sharon extracted from an Iphone and a tablet belonging to them.

Sena informed the judge that from the details they extracted from Obado’s Iphone he had saved Sharon as ‘hunny’.

The court heard the conversation details between the two emerged after Obado was summoned at Kisumu DCI office for interrogation when his phone was confiscated by the investigators led by Sena.

Sena further informed the court that before she was killed, Sharon was abducted alongside another key witness at a hotel in Rongo town in Migori County and were led to the vehicle that abducted them by Obado’s personal assistant Micheal Oyamo.

The case will be mentioned on June 20,2024 for direction on filing submissions on case to answer.

Justice Githua has also allowed a request by Obado to release his passport to enable him to travel to China for business meetings and return the same by July 9.