Embakassi East Mp Babu Owino is spending the weekend in police cells for his involvement in a shooting incident at Nairobi’s B –Club. Dj Felix Orinda aka ‘Evolve’ was shot around the neck and is fighting for his life at Nairobi Hospital.
The case is under investigations and whatever the outcome or the ages it may take, controversial Babu started the new decade on the wrong foot. He ‘dimmed’ his political star. He overdid his style; he has been riding on controversies, numerous police arrests and gun related stories.
Completely reducing the leadership thresh hold, especially among the youth. Jubilee and ODM parties owe this country an apology for this serious offence. Babu Owino and Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, showcase no leadership or seriousness but drama.
When did drama become a leadership quality in Nairobi? These two leaders are full of drama and controversies, either of them can be the poster child. If Sonko was knocking walls, recording calls or being captured in Voi, Babu would be exchanging blows with Charles Njagua aka Jaguar in parliament, he would be hiding under Steve Mbogo’s bed or switching cells from Kilimani to Gigiri police station.
How do people who elect such people feel? Or better still how do parties that sponsor such candidates feel? Babu is not the first case in ODM.
The smoke has not settled on Malindi Mp Aisha Jumwa’s murder case. They treat it as if it involved an opponent but Jumwa is their own, she might be a renegade but she is still in parliament in an ODM ticket. It is getting too much in the house; especially now that their trigger fingers are itchy and they always have their 9mm’s loaded.
It is about time they addressed it as a party, you can’t complain over tear gas, stray bullets, extra judicial killing and then parade trigger happy fellows. This is the same party that had its members engage in fire exchange in Migori in the run up to 2017 elections.
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho escaped with his life narrowly bud his body guard sustain a bullet wound. Kisumu Governor Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o was squeezed under the table, Senate Minority Leader James Orengo survived in away only God know.
The day after, things were back to normal. People moved on like nothing happened. But the violence in orange party is fast evolving, from stones and slings and now to guns. It is getting worse; the party must address this and put in place stricter penalties for individuals who find themselves in such positions.
Before the Migori shoot out, former Mombasa senator Hassan Omar had alleged that Mombasa governor Joho was having up to 30 guns in his possession. The two were fierce political rivals.
Gun violence is slowly rising and the party whose many members have complained of their ‘live being in danger’ is headlining. Investigations and bringing the suspects to book primarily remains the responsibility of police but political parties must also throw in their weight.
Parties are responsible for ripping from the popularity and drama by the young and restless politicians.
In Mombasa Nyali Mp Mohamed Ali was ensuring that bursary forms were filled and returned to respective offices to benefit applicants who are in dire need to pursue education. The contrary was the case in Nairobi; Embakasi East Mp was in a night club on a week day.
He was actually in club that the public had been lied to that was closed by the government and enjoyed ‘shisha’ that has been banned for local mwananchi.
Leaders in Nairobi are becoming reckless with their fire arms, if not shooting in the air or on target; they are brandishing their guns which is against the regulations set for licensed gun owners.