Governor Okoth Obado leaves Nyanza Regional DCI offices after more than six hours of grilling

Migori County Governor Okoth Obado underwent DNA testing Tuesday as detectives seek to establish whether he has any connection with the murder of Sharon Otieno.

Carrying white boxes and donning white lab coats, detectives from the homicide section and officers from the government chemist, on Tuesday afternoon arrived at the Nyanza Regional DCI headquarters in Kisumu, where Governor Obado was being grilled.

The detectives took DNA samples from Obado as they did with his PA Michael Oyamo while he was in custody at the Oyugis Police Station. The DNA sampling is said to be part of police investigations to establish whose unborn infant Sharon Otieno was carrying when she was killed after being abducted alongside Nation journalist Barrack Oduor.

Governor Obado had presented himself at the DCI headquarters at around 9 am upon summoning by the Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti.

The governor is said to have undergone a grueling grilling session that lasted more than six hours. He also recorded a lengthy statement with his lawyer Cliff Ombeta saying that his client cooperated with investigators.

“Our client was not arrested. He came here to give his statement and that is what he has done,” Ombeta said.

The Governor is also being represented by lawyer Rogers Sagana.

After the questioning, Obado was whisked away in a police car, with a senior DCI detective in the investigation saying that the governor was to be released on a free bond but would be required to report back for further questioning.

“He will not spend the night in custody but we will still need him tomorrow,” the senior officer was quoted.

Another detective added: “We have interrogated the governor on the alleged affair with Sharon and many other issues including how and why his PA went to meet the deceased and the Nation journalist. We are analysing his statement.”

Sources intimate that governor Obado was whisked away from the DCI offices and straight to the airport from where he was flown to Nairobi.

Obado’s PA Michael Oyamo and a former local County Assembly Member were also transferred late Tuesday to face charges in Nairobi due to the volatile situation in Homa Bay where the PA was arraigned on Monday.

“They will be in court tomorrow (Wednesday) because the case is being moved to Nairobi,” a detective said.

Police have said they are still looking for four men said to have raped and killed Sharon before dumping her body in the forest.