Governor Okoth Obado’s wife Hellen Adhiambo has said there was a plot in April to record a sex tape of her husband with Sharon Otieno.
In her statement to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) recorded on September 23, Hellen said it was during this revelation that she heard of Sharon — for the first time.
Sharon, who was seven month’s pregnant with the Migori governor’s son, was brutally murdered on September 3. The governor has been charged with murder, conspiracy and financing, which he has denied. He has been remanded until his bail hearing on October 8.
The Star obtained the DCI statement.
Hellen Obado told detectives that a man, whose mobile she did not have, called her from Awendo subcounty and introduced himself as a friend of the governor’s family.
Hellen said the caller informed her that Sharon was booked at the Imperial Hotel in Kisumu where the sex episode was to be videotaped.
“I called one of our coordinators from Awendo to inquire if Sharon was part of the governor’s campaign team dubbed Warembo na Obado. We confirmed she wasn’t,” the governor’s wife said.
Hellen said she called her husband, who was at the devolution conference in Kakamega, to inform him of the plot.
“I asked him whether he knew Sharon and whether he had booked with her at the said hotel. He denied that and informed me that he was staying at the Acacia Premier hotel,” she told the DCI.
“I told him (the governor) that I had information of a plan of recording him with Sharon. He dismissed the allegations and maintained that he was not booked at the Imperial Hotel.”
Yesterday, Obado was rushed from Industrial Area Prison to National Hospital yesterday after suffering a severe stomachache. Prison bosses said he was admitted at about 10am.
It has emerged that his wife Hellen confronted him with questions about Sharon later, after the devolution conference.
She told detectives there were rumours of the governor seeking a second wife.
Hellen said the claim of a second wife was circulating so widely on social media that she even referred to it at a public gathering during a speech.
She adds Obado later sat her down in May and admitted his affair with Sharon, even telling her the Rongo University student was pregnant.
“I asked him if he was planning to marry Sharon as a second wife. I told him that I honestly preferred he married instead of having affairs. He told me he had no such plans and that he had ended the relationship with the said girl,” Hellen’s statement reads.
“My husband said he would only discuss the welfare of the child if proved to be his.” He later admitted paternity.
Hellen also said she later saw a text from Sharon in Obado’s phone during their son’s graduation in July.
“It was then that I asked him how he was going to bring the baby home without informing our children. We agreed to sit with our children, as the talk of Sharon’s pregnancy became common,” she said.
The governor’s wife sat with their eldest son to discuss the problem after the family returned from his graduation in the UK.
The three later met the other members of the nuclear family to deliberate the way forward.
Later in August, Hellen said, Nation journalist Barack Oduor and former Kanyandoto MCA Leonard Mula visited her home in Migori.
“I personally served them tea at the lounge where they were ushered. It was then that we introduced each other and exchanged pleasantries with Mula since I happen to have relatives at their place,” she said.
The governor’s wife said she inquired why the governor was hosting visitors from Homa Bay and was told that the discussion was not political but related to the welfare of Sharon and her unborn baby.
She denied ever meeting the journalist and the former county legislator again. Between August 26 and September 1, she was engaged at an SDA camp meeting which was hosted at the church near her home, Hellen said.
“On August 31, I returned to Nairobi to attend a Council of Governors meeting for first ladies. I also ran personal errands and bought some building materials for the church. The materials were delivered to Migori via Transline.”
Hellen further said that Obado was in Nairobi on the night of Sharon’s murder.
“My husband, our first and third born, left Migori for Nairobi on September 2. They arrived late in the evening and did not leave the house. I was in Gikomba on September 3 to buy material for a house we’re building for our ailing mother,” she told the police investigators.
Sharon’s body was found in a thicket near Wire Forest in Oyugis town. She was raped, stabbed eight times, almost eviscerated. The baby died of a stab wound that extended to her spine.
Hellen further said that on September 3, she spoke with Ida Odinga — the wife of ODM leader Raila Odinga — through the governor’s phone.
“My husband had left home for the Jaffery Club and had a meeting later with Ida. He returned after 8pm and did not leave the house.”
“The following morning, I learned of the abduction of a Nation journalist and Sharon with Michael Oyamo as the alleged key player,” Hellen told detectives.
She said she knew Oyamo as the governor’s PA. Hellen also said she knows Caspal Obiero. The two have denied killing Sharon.
“I know Oyamo. I do not relate to him outside his official duties. I don’t remember ever having spoken with him on the phone. I also know Caspal. He is a clerk at the county government and my husband’s clansman.”
“I communicate with Caspal when he occasionally handles my personal errands by virtue of clan relations with my husband. I have never spoken to Oyamo or Caspal about Sharon or the latter’s pregnancy,” she stated.
Hellen also informed detectives that she had neither met nor spoken with Sharon on the phone. “I don’t even have her number,” she said.
Concerning claims she was close with journalist Oduor — following revelations about a picture of her and the journalist which was also shared after the death of Sharon — Hellen said the photo was taken when she hosted journalists for an interview about her chicken project for women’s empowerment.
“When Barack came to my home with Mula, I did not remember having met him and neither did he remind me.”
“I don’t know anything concern Sharon’s death,” she told the DCI.