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New twist as family denounces Sharon’s marriage to high school teacher

By RUTH MBULA September 17th, 2018 1 min read

The family of Ms Sharon Otieno has said it does not recognise her reported marriage to high school teacher Mr Bernard Okuta.

Sharon and Bernard lived as husband and wife and they had a son and two daughters.

Bernard teaches at Rapogi High School in Uriri Sub-county, Migori County.


According to Sharon’s family, their daughter was not officially married in line with Luo traditions because her husband had not paid dowry for her.

A married woman is supposed to be buried at her husband’s home, in accordance to Luo traditions.

“Sharon will be buried at her grandfather’s home,” said Mr John Olweya, an elder who spoke on behalf of Ms Otieno’s family on Sunday.

The Rongo University student was murdered and dumped in a thicket in Homa Bay County.

On Friday, detectives said that starting this week, they would focus on four main suspects. These include the people who kidnapped Ms Otieno and Nation journalist Barack Oduor.

Mr Oduor jumped out of the abductors’ moving car and suffered various injuries.


The detectives are also piecing together information that a plan to eliminate the two might have been hatched much earlier. Indeed, several attempts to kill the two may have flopped weeks before the gruesome murder.

On Friday, detectives collected passes Ms Otieno and Mr Oduor used to travel to Kisumu and Nairobi to meet Migori Governor Okoth Obado.

Mr Obado was last week questioned in relation to the abduction and murder of the slain student. A court in Nairobi detained his personal assistant, Mr Michael Oyamo, for 14 more days. Also in police custody is a former Member of County Assembly, Mr Lawrence Mula, who allegedly linked Mr Oduor to the murdered student.