A Kenyan county governor was charged in court on Monday with murdering a university student whom he had got pregnant.
Zakariah Okoth Obado, the Governor of Migori County in western Kenya, denied killing Sharon Otieno and her unborn child in a short hearing broadcast live on state TV.
A witness said Otieno was abducted by four men in a car on the county’s Homa Bay Road which lies near Lake Victoria on September 3, prosecutors said in a statement.
Her body was found a day later in a thicket near Oyugis, a small town about 40 km (25 miles) away, the National Prosecution Authority added in the statement released on Twitter.
“It was established that an intimate relationship existed between Zakariah Okoth Obado, the Governor of the County of Migori, which subsequently led to a pregnancy with the deceased that the governor was unhappy about,’’ chief prosecutor Noordin Haji said in a statement. Read more