Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji has been forced to break his silence on an attempted murder case involving Embakasi East MP Paul Ongili alias Babu Owino.
The controversial lawmaker early this year shot Felix Orinda alias DJ Evolve on the neck while reveling at B Club in Nairobi’s Kilimani area.
Babu Owino was arrested, but was later released on bond after denying attempted murder charges.
On Monday June 29, 2020, NTV ran an exclusive story where DJ Evolve spoke for the first time on his life after the shooting.
The DJ, who is currently under home care after being discharged from Nairobi hospital, with a cumulative bill of Ksh 17 million, narrated how he is currently struggling to live along with his condition.
Barely inaudible, Orinda told NTV that he has improved since the January incident but explained the shooting incident left him immobile and traumatized.
This caused an uproar on the internet, with netizens calling for justice for him. DPP Haji, who has been forced to address the matter, issued a comprehensive statement explaining why Babu Owino’s prosecution has taken long.
According to the DPP, the case has been slowed down by the inability of the victim to record a statement following the shooting which affected his speech.
According to the IO report, the victim is paralyzed and has a speech impediment making it very challenging to record his statement.
The MP was arraigned in court on 20/1/2020 charged with attempted murder & behaving in a disorderly manner.
Babu Owino however, denied the charge and was released on Kshs.10 million bond with two sureties of same amount and in the alternative, cash bail of Kshs.5 million.
DPP Haji further notes that the matter was scheduled for mention on 20/3/2020 but was affected by the Covid-19 directions issued by the NCAJ on 16/3/2020 scaling down court operations.
At the same time, Orinda’s family says they are yet to hear from the Embakasi MP despite reports on local tabloids that the MP had reached out to the family for an-out-of-court settlement.
Babu Owino is said to have drawn his gun and allegedly shot DJ Evolve, who was reportedly unarmed. The incident is said to have occurred at the popular B Club in Kilimani estate, Nairobi.
Police say the lawmaker argued with the DJ, before he drew his gun and shot him on the neck.Do you have any story you would like to share? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will publish it. You can also contact us at email@example.com