Babu Owino to face fresh charges of assault, electoral offense
Embakasi East MP Babu Owino will be arraigned Thursday morning to face fresh charges of causing grievous bodily harm on a voter,Joshua Otiende during August 8 polls. See Also:Massive Recruitment by the Government of Kenya – PSC (Over 33 Vacancies)
He will also face another election-related charge that he allegedly committed during the campaign period in his area.
Owino was re-arrested on Wednesday, minutes after he was released from custody on a Sh500,000 cash bail in his case of subversion, insulting the President and incitement. Read Also:Safaricom Reacts to Raila Claims
He spent the night in Pangani police cells.
The first-term MP known for controversy made an apparent reference to President Uhuru Kenyatta as ‘mtoto wa mbwa’.
Members of the public expressed their displeasure via Twitter and other platforms saying he insulted the presidency.
The opposition has condemned the re-arrest of Owino, accusing the government of resorting to ‘persecution, banditry and torture tactics.Reactions: Twitter moots shift from 140 to 280 characters
NASA has also asked the President to not use the courts to intimidate its citizens and the legislators.
The National Cohesion and Integration Commission has ruled out charging the legislator who joined politics after serving several terms as chairman of the UoN student union. See Also:Angela Ndambuki, former Tatuu Singer is the new KNCCI CEO
“We have heard and received complaints about Babu Owino…this does not fall under the Cohesion Act but under the penal code,” Commissioner Joseph Onsongo said on Monday.
On his Facebook page on Monday, Babu said he will not apologise because he did not mention anyone.
“We have so many presidents in Kenya…from the president of SONU to all presidents of student unions in Kenya, president of the Supreme Court, president of the youth senate and many more,” he wrote.
“However, I will stick to objective politics and will never abuse anybody. Let my brothers and sisters from the Kikuyu nation know that I did not abuse their president. One Kenya, one nation. Lastly, in law calling someone a mtoto wa mbwa (a puppy) is not an abuse. God bless Kenya.”London says Uber not ‘fit and proper’ for passengers