Babu Owino denies referring to Uhuru in jibe
Embakasi East MP Paul Ongili, popularly known as Babu Owino, has denied making an abusive statement in reference to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Babu had in his speech at a rally in Kawangware on Sunday used abusive language.
Kenyans online called for his arrest over the weekend, but the legislator on Monday posted on Facebook that he was not referring to President Kenyatta.
“I will not apologize to anyone because I called nobody’s name during my yesterday’s address. We have so many presidents in Kenya, from the President of Sonu to all presidents of students union in Kenya, President of the Supreme Court, President of Youth senate and many more.
ONE KENYA, ONE NATION
“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… God bless Kenya,” he wrote.
Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria said the MP should be arrested, failure to which unspecified consequences will follow.
Mr Kuria, in a Facebook post, told Director of Criminal Investigation Ndegwa Muhoro, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett, and Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko to act immediately.
“I still hold you in high regard. The cell number 4 at Pangani (police station) which has hosted me frequently is waiting for Babu Owino. I trust this will be done today (Monday) to save me unnecessary time, effort and resources tomorrow,” Mr Kuria said.
Babu Owino’s remarks elicited mixed reactions online.
Just watched the clip where @Babu_Owino insults the president. Horrible!No matter the tension of the current politics; this is distasteful!
— Stephen Sang (@Araap_Sang) September 25, 2017
BABU OWINO IS ALWAYS RIGHT. @Babu_Owino
— D I K E M B E (@Disembe) September 25, 2017
I don't agree with Babu Owino over his remarks. However , @UKenyatta has brought shame & disrepute to the institution of the presidency!
— Rein (@Asamoh_) September 25, 2017