Kenya: Why Journalist Who Broke News of Homa Bay Kidnapping is Now Living in Fear

Sharon Otieno who was kidnapped with Nation journalist Barrack Oduor on September 3, 2018. She was found dead on September 5, 2018.
5 September 2018

A Migori-based journalist has recorded a statement with the police after receiving threats from unknown people for breaking the story of the kidnapping of 'Nation' journalist Barack Oduor and Rongo University student Sharon Otieno.

Sharon was found dead and her body dumped in Kodero forest in Oyugis, Homabay county, on Tuesday.

Mr Basil Okoth, a reporter with Radio Lake Victoria, said he started receiving calls and text messages threatening him after he posted on social media news of the kidnapping incident.

The unknown people told him to "go slow" on the incident.

"Following the abduction of Nation journalist based in Homa Bay Mr Barack Oduor, I'm worried about my life since it's me who broke the news by 10.22pm, Monday night after my sister who is Oduor's wife informed me of the incident," said Mr Okoth.


"After posting the first tweet about the abduction, I'm not at peace. I shared the link on different social media platforms only for someone to shout my name, 'Basil go slow on this' as I was about to board a vehicle for home Tuesday evening," he further narrated.

On Wednesday, Mr Okoth reported the incident at Migori police station (OB number 30/5/9/2018)

"A colleague called me this morning (Wednesday) warning me against receiving calls from unknown callers and disclosing my whereabouts to anybody," added Mr Okoth.

Mr Benedict Kigen, the Director of Criminal Investigations in Migori County, said the police will get to the bottom of the threats.

Why Journalist who broke news of Homa Bay kidnapping is living in fear

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