Embakasi East MP Babu Owino has pleaded not guilty to the charges of attempting to kill DJ DJ Evolve and misusing his firearm.
Babu was arraigned at the Milimani Law Courts on Monday morning, after spending the weekend in custody following a shooting incident at B Club in Nairobi’s Kilimani Estate on Friday.
The die hard ODM supporter and first time MP will not spend 7 more days in remand as court denied him bail application.
However, police are still piecing together the details of what happened leading to the shooting at around 7 AM on Friday morning. According to witnesses, Babu and DJ Evolve know each other very well. It is alleged that the two were arguing over the size of their ‘guns’ when the MP took his gun and shot the DJ twice in the neck.
Babu claimed that the shooting was a result of an assassination attempt on his life.
However, CCTV footage from the hotel showed the MP shot DJ Evolve, whose real name is Felix Orinda without any provocation.
DJ Evolve is currently recovering at the Nairobi Hospital after undergoing surgery to remove the bullet lodged in his shoulder. Babu’s lawyer Cliff Ombeta told journalists that the MP had catered for the medical bill.
If found guilty, the controversial lawmaker risks being slapped with a life sentence over the shooting
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) through its head of Offences Jacob Ondari has also opposed Babu’s bail application.
“The accused has been charged with attempted murder which carries a penalty of life imprisonment if found guilty. It is a very serious offence and the punishment to be meted out is so serious and heavy,” Ondari said.
Here is the shootout video that has since gone viral;
The new structure focuses on multi-agency coordination, advanced training and equipment upgrades, community involvement and incentives for officers.
In one of the major changes, Uhuru directed the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to ensure security officers working in terror hotspots in the North-Eastern region and parts of the Coast receive a field allowance.
The president further instructed the National Intelligence Service (NIS) to investigate and arrest terror financiers funding Somali-based Al-Shabaab through illicit businesses.
“Any and all means by which the enemy is generating income from Kenya including contraband goods and illegal trade must be stopped. “Smuggling of goods directly funds Al-Shabaab,” he asserted.
In addition, Uhuru ordered for security agencies to begin serious operations to flush out terrorist cells in the North Eastern region and affected areas at the Coast.
The president further directed Interior CS Matiang’i to ensure police officers who were incompetent or failed in their duties were not transferred as has been the case.
Instead, Uhuru directed that such officers be immediately dismissed.
Embakasi East Member of Parliament Paul Ongili alias Babu Owino was arrested on Friday, January 17 after he was allegedly involved in a shooting incident at a popular club in Nairobi.
The MP is currently being held at the Kilimani Police Station for fatally injuring a B-Club disk-jockey identified as Dj Evolve or “The LowKey Assassin” on Instagram.
The victim is receiving treatment at Nairobi Hospital and is admitted at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Witnesses also indicate that Babu did not flee the scene of the incident. It is still unclear what led to the shooting.
Tragedy struck at Kighombo village in Mwatate sub-county on Thursday morning as a family of five perished after their house collapsed following heavy rainfalls pounding the region.
Taita Taveta County Commissioner Rhoda Onyancha said three bodies belonging to a father, mother and one child had already been retrieved. Operations to search for their other two children were ongoing, though she expressed little hope of finding them alive.
“This is a sad morning that we have lost a family to the rains. Bodies of both parents and one child have been retrieved and we are currently sieving through the debris in search of the other two children,” she said.
She further termed the disaster as unprecedented in the region.
“We had never lost a single-family in such an incident and this is a numbing tragedy,” she said.
She also appealed to other families living in insecure zones to migrate to safer grounds warning that the heavy rains were likely to be reported in some areas.
Heavy rainfall on Wednesday night pounded several parts of Wundanyi, Mwatate and Voi sub-counties. Area residents have been warned to be on the look-out as rivers might flood.
However, the Kenya Meteorological Department has warned that the rains will continue throughout the first half of January and may result in more floods.
During a press conference at Serena Hotel, the leader stated that the decision to fire him was something that didn’t shock him.
As a matter of fact, Kiunjuri seemed to have taken the matter positively as he was all smiley while responding to the incident.
He asserted that he was relieved with the move after he endured a torrid time of humiliation.
The ex-CS reiterated that he gave his best and did not regret his time serving the people of the country.
“The President’s decision has taken me by no surprise, I thank God, I feel relieved. I have endured lots of humiliation, only God and my family know this. I have given my best in my assignment, I leave with my head high,” remarked Kiunjuri.
The GNU Secretary-General noted that he wished Munya the best as he embarked on the task.
Kiunjuri pointed out that he will continue serving the citizens in his next capacity.
“I know there is an open door, down the road. I shall remain as I have always been; independent & firm. With my experience of over 25 years, I have a lot to offer & will continue to serve this country faithfully in other capacities,” articulated the embattled politician.
He added that, “For any action, there will be a reaction. You keep it cool, I keep it cool.”
The once-troubled CS highlighted that he now had time to concentrate on other things.
The Tanga tanga member insisted that Uhuru was right in executing his duty as the President.
“I now have free time to do other things. I am not going anywhere. The president appointed me without consulting anyone, he has relieved me of my duties, he does not need any consultation,” uttered Kiunjuri.
President Uhuru Kenyatta finally throws Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri under the bus.
Kiunjuri was fired on Tuesday during Uhuru’s address to the nation from State House, Mombasa. He has been replaced by Industrialization CS Peter Munya.
Since the start of the President’s second term, the CS seems to have embarked on a different political direction.
Kiunjuri has recently been on the limelight after his poor performance especially on the current infestation of locust in the country. He asked Kenyans to take pictures of all insects they suspect could be locusts and share them on social media.
He is also the only Minister from Mt. Kenya who has been seen as aggressively engaging in 2022 politics to the extent of pledging his allegiance to Deputy President William Ruto’s candidature.
Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri (centre) and Mathira lawmaker Rigathi Gachagua consult before addressing the press at Parliament Buildings in Nairobi.
On October 24 last year, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri called a press conference attended by 42 MPs associated with Deputy President William Ruto, and issued conditions for accepting the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) proposals.
It was obvious from the statement that Mr. Kiunjuri, the senior-most politician in the group, was questioning President Kenyatta’s often stated position in support of the BBI.
Deputy President William Ruto with Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri (Agriculture) and Benard Shinali (MP Ikolomani) during a past Sunday service. Some leaders from Mt. Kenya now want DP Ruto to pick Kiunjuri as his deputy in 2022. Photo/File
A month later, on November 29, he convened another meeting of 57 elected leaders in Embu, which resolved to boycott presidential functions because of alleged humiliation.
This was in reaction to what they interpreted as exclusion during the launch of the BBI report at the Bomas of Kenya.
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During the burial of Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua’s mother last Tuesday, Kiunjuri was the only CS at the function where leaders allied to Ruto sought to demonstrate that the Mt. Kenya region was solidly behind the DP.
His sacking was long overdue. On more than one occasion, President Kenyatta has scolded the CS in public over the discharge of his ministerial duties.
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has on several occasions accused Mr. Kiunjuri of trying to engineer his own sacking from the Cabinet “so that he can gain some political mileage”.
Is he one of the ‘tukunia’ (sacks) Muigai wa Njoroge sang about?
More to follow…