Sharon's kin denounce Sh2.5 million burial budget, set record straight

Ms Melida Auma, the mother of slain Rongo University student Sharon Otieno(Right) [Photo: Courtesy]

The family of university student Sharon Otieno has blamed social media users for "scuttling" their fundraiser scheduled for this Sunday.

The burial committee says social media users are circulating a fake budget for Sharon's funeral to discourage guests from attending the fundraiser at Magare Village, Homa Bay County.

The fake list, allegedly containing the funeral budget, is circulating on social media platforms in Homa Bay, Migori, Kisumu and Siaya counties.

Some of the items in the fake budget include Sh300, 000 for hiring professional mourners from Migori and Ghana, catering services from Mwanza, Tanzania at Sh200, 000 and importing a coffin from England at Sh120, 000.

The total budget in the alleged fake budget is Sh2.5 million.

Funeral committee chairman Elijah Opiyo yesterday told journalists in Homa Bay that Sharon’s burial budget was Sh1.1 million.

Mr Opiyo said the social media users were out to portray the family as being obsessed with luxuries. He said they planned to buy a Sh50, 000 coffin.

Sharon was found murdered in Oyugis in September. The matter is in court.

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