Lawyer Cliff Ombeta, who is representing the interests of Migori Governor Okoth Obado in the murder of university student Sharon Otieno, on Thursday refuted claims that the county boss was being blackmailed by the 26-year-old varsity student.
Speaking to kenyagist.com, Ombetta rubbished claims that Ms Otieno had been demanding Ksh20 million from Obado.
“There was no blackmail. The lady did not ask for Ksh20 million contrary to claims out there in the public domain,” the criminal defence lawyer stated.
Ombeta also addressed claims on various media platforms alleging that Obado had admitted to the police, during his grilling on Tuesday, that Sharon’s pregnancy was his.
“That is not true he did not admit that the pregnancy was his and he didn’t push her away he was helping her with her business,” Ombetta remarked.
Earlier on reports by The Star claimed that police officers who had seen Obado’s statement alleged he had told Sharon to keep the pregnancy and was ready to take care of her and the baby.
According to the police, Sharon had even asked for a house in Nairobi but the governor was only ready to buy her land or a house in Rongo.
During a presser on Wednesday, Obado denied any involvement in the murder of Ms Otieno and sent his condolences to the friends and family of the deceased.
Accompanied by his family Obado stated: “We have come here as a family that has been devastated, ridiculed and embarrassed by the sad news of the demise of Sharon. We are indeed at our very lowest moment in life.”
He added: “Hata usingizi hakuna, hata appetite hakuna (We have lost sleep and appetite).”