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Kenyans react to statement by the ODPP on DJ Evolve shooting case

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’.

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.