Embakasi East MP Paul Ongili alias Babu Owino has attempted to debunk a story ran by NTV on Monday, 30th June, which clearly indicated that he shot Felix Orinda, who is popularly known as DJ Evolve.
Owino has demanded a written apology from the broadcaster for damaging his reputation in the eyes of the right-thinking members of the society.
In a letter originating from the MP’s laywers – Oketch and Partners -, he has threatened to take legal actions should the station fail to issue a comprehensive acknowledgement of wrongdoing.
“Our instructions are to demand from you which hereby do that: You run an appropriate apology in the prime-time news on your television channel (and) you give an appropriate written apology to our client.”
“You admit liability for the slanderous libellous statements following which we shall proceed to address you on damages,” a clause in the demand letter reads.
The first-time parliamentarian noted that the victim has never recorded a statement to support the report done by NTV, adding that even Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji had admitted the same.
He remarked that the video, which has been circulating on social media since the incident happened six months ago was inadmissible in court.
“We have listened and watched the said story over and over and indeed at no point has the said Felix Orinda said that he was shot by our client,” reads part of the letter.
Speaking to NTV for the first time since the fateful day, DJ Evolve said that the shooting had left him immobile and extremely traumatised.
Barely audible, he said that his health had improved greatly, but he still has a long way to go before full recovery.
“I’m slightly able to move my limbs and that is the much I can do. I totally unable to move my arms. I haven’t progressed as these were my tools of the trade. There’s no way I can be able to work when I don’t have them. I currently depend on people to do things with me,” he painfully stated.
The report, which was complied by Dan Mwangi, sparked anger among Kenyans who wondered why the MP was still free.
Some celebrities and online influencers have begun a campaign to pressure the office of the DPP to speed up the case.
DPP Haji explained that the court process was slowed down by the Covid-19 pandemic and the inability of the victim to record a police statement.