A statement by the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions regarding a shooting incident involving Embakasi East MP Babu Owino has sparked mixed reactions among members of the public. On their Twitter page, the ODPP indicated that the prosecution of MP Babu Owino has been slowed down by the ‘victim’s inability to record a statement following the shooting which affected his speech’.
Are you saying that the case would have been dropped if Felix Orinda died during the shooting event? Would you be waiting for the victim to record the statement if the victim was Matiang’i your boss or muhoho Kenyatta?Justice delayed is justice denied. Dj-Evolve-Sign the Petition https://t.co/o7dQCLSgBY
— JM Kariuki (@job_kariuki) July 1, 2020
The Embakasi East whose real name is Paul Ongili, was captured on CCTV shooting the victim at close range in a popular club in Kilimani. Following the incident, he was arraigned in court on 20th January 2020 and charged with attempted murder. He denied the charges and was released on a Ksh10 million bond with 2 sureties of the same amount and an alternative of a cash bail of Ksh5 million. The judge also ordered him not to drink alcohol or take narcotics in a public place, and also not to interfere with witnesses until the case is heard or determined.
The saga continues to spark debate among Kenyans, with some raising concerns about how the authorities have handled the case so far, and others lauding the Director of Public Prosecutions while insisting that the MP has a right to a fair trial.
Felix Orinda must get justice, Embakasi East MP Babu Owino should be somewhere in Kamiti Maximum Prison or Shimo La Tewa in Mombasa. The Nairobi Hospital bill for #DjEvolve should be cleared!
Already more than 70K Kenyans have signed the petition
DJ Evolve – Sign The Petition pic.twitter.com/YH6jnhpzrv
— Char-lee Oddie (@CharleeOddie1) July 1, 2020
Let me once again wish Felix Orinda quick recovery. On prosecution of Babu Owino, the ODPP is efficient, the Constitution also gives Babu right for fair hearing. Those pushing for DJ Evolve – Sign the Petition should do it with honesty. We also want to know killers of Msando etc.
— Abuga Makori EGH, MBE (@o_abuga) July 1, 2020