“Rest in Power!” Rongo University Students Give Sharon a comrade’s send off

Sharon Otieno

There was drama in Homa Bay County on Friday during the burial of slain Rongo University Sharon Otieno. This is after her colleagues arrived in Magare village to give their last respects to their departed comrade.

The students disrupted the burial as they cut short Homa Bay MP Peter Kaluma’s speech.

They surrounded Ms Otieno’s coffin. They prayed for her and her buried foetus chanting, “rest in peace and in power”. Shouting and wailing, the more than 100 students grieved in their own words and style, eulogising her as a “good comrade”.

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The student leader, Mr Evans Baraza, said they want the perpetrators held to account. “Sharon did not have to die in such a brutal manner, ” he said.

Mr Kaluma, the family’s lawyer, halted the programme for a while to allow the students to grieve. “The journey to fight for justice over Sharon Otieno’s murder has just started,” he said.

Ms Otieno was killed about a month-and-a-half ago and her mutilated body found in a thicket in Oyugis.

Migori governor Okoth Obado is currently in custody and has been charged with the heinous murder. Also arrested are two aides to the governor, Michael Oyamo and Caspal Obiero.

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Obado is still waiting to know his fate at the Industrial Area remand prison. He will most likely follow her burial proceedings in a television news bulletin later in the day, if lucky.

Last week, the prosecution opposed the governor’s bail application as he sought to be released on medical grounds. “We are saying bail is not an absolute right, bail is not mandatory,” said State lawyer Jacob Ondari. “The consideration for bail depends on the seriousness of the offence, likely punishment and the possibility of interference.”

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