A group of Kenyans on social media have initiated plans to kick out Embakasi East MP Babu Owino as well as demanding justice for Felix Orinda alias DJ Evolve.
Evolve was fatally shot by the Embakasi East MP at a popular city club on January 6, 2020, and spent six months in hospital battling for his life.
The youthful DJ spoke to the media for the first time on Monday, June 29, and he appeared overwhelmed, dejected and unstable.
The erstwhile enthusiastic and lively disc jokey spoke in a low tone and could not be heard properly, compelling the journalist to capture his words in written subtitles.
Kenyans who watched the heartbreaking story aired on NTV were overcome with emotions and trooped to social media to call for justice for the ailing entertainer and his family.
Hours later, an online petition was launched to push for that course.
“Anyone here who is registered voter in Embaskasi East? I am willing to draft a petition for the removal of Babu Owino as MP as per Article 104 & the Elections Act. I’m sure we can mobilize the required 30% ( in constituency) and 15% (in ward). Who’s in?” wrote Nairobi-based lawyer Robi Chacha on Twitter, an Advocate of the High Court who works as a Communities Associate, Africa at Accountability Counsel, an international human rights organization.
“Hi guys. There’s a petition going round and one of the prayers being sought is for Babu Owino to be charged w attempted manslaughter. We don’t have an attempted manslaughter charge under our penal code & this will actually void the petition to the extent of that inconsistency.
“The charge should read attempted murder under Section 220 of the Penal code & not attempted manslaughter. Signing the petition is pushing for a charge that cannot be tried in Kenya.” wrote Paula Wandia on Twitter.
254 News attempted to contact Wandia for the petition through Twitter but user @_Angelaaaaa responded with the link to the petition doing rounds on social media.
The movement to oust Owino even involved the expertise of Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi, who initially dismissed the possibility of the move, stating that the people of Embakasi would “retort that we are engaging in politics”.
When the dreadful incident opened at B-club in Kilimani, Nairobi county, Babu was arrested, put behind bars for several days before he was released on KSh 10 million bond. The money included medical care for the ailing DJ.
However, the bond was later reduced to KSh 5 million and the lawmaker was given the free will to either continue paying for the medical bills of Evolve or terminate the same.
In the last interview with TUKO.co.ke, Babu said he had cleared all the medical bills that had accrued to KSh 17 million.
Evolve’s mother, however, claimed she was only aware of KSh 7 million that the lawmaker had paid to the hospital.
“The bill was 17million point something. A week before we were discharged. Babu had paid 7 million bit that is the agreement between him and the hospital. I can not say much because the bill is completely on him. Evolve has nurses from the doctor under homecare.”
The disgruntled mother also noted the youthful politician had neither visited not talked to her ever since the shooting happened.
NTV’s Dan asked DJ Evolve (real name, Felix) shrugged off rumors that he has forgiven his shooter as from past reports.
“I have left this to God. I am waiting for the justice system to see what will go through. Besides that, I have nothing to say.” he explained.
Following the petition, the Office of the DPP on Tuesday June 30 asked the Judiciary to fast track the date of allocation for the hearing of the case of the shooting of DJ Evolve by Embakasi East MP Babu Owino.