DPP Haji Explains Why Babu Owino’s Prosecution in DJ’s Shooting Case Has Stalled

The prosecution of Embakasi MP Paul Ongili alias Babu Owino for the attempted murder of Felix Orinda, alias DJ Evolve, has been slowed down by the inability of the victim to record a statement following the shooting which affected his speech, DPP Noordin Haji has said.

The DPP’s statement comes just a day after NTV interviewed the victim on Monday, 29th June, where he narrated how he was struggling to live in his current condition.

Barely audible, Orinda told NTV that he had improved since the January incident but explained the shooting had left him immobile and traumatised.

According to the investigation report, the victim is paralysed and has a speech impediment, making it very challenging to record his statement. The MP was arraigned on 20th January 2020, charged with attempted murder and behaving in a disorderly manner.

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He denied the charges and was released on a Ksh10 million bond with two sureties of same amount or a cash bail of Ksh5 million.

The matter was scheduled for mention on 20th March, 2020 but was affected by the Covid-19 directions issued by the National Council on the Administration of Justice (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 that he had reached out to them for an-out-of-court settlement.

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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 the Kilimani neighbourhood, Nairobi.

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M Nyongesa

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