The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has accused the media of defaming Embakasi East MP Paul Ongili aka Babu Owino over the shooting of a Nairobi nightclub entertainer, Felix Orinda, who is popularly known as DJ Evolve.
ODM Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna faulted NTV for portraying Owino in a bad light, yet the case is going on in court.
Sifuna said that the vocal lawmaker should not be subjected to bad publicity, noting that he needs a fair hearing just like other Kenyan.
“You shouldn’t have to be told not to discuss the merits of a case @ntvkenya. I watched this piece jana and you basically accused the judge of impropriety for this order granted in darkness.”
“You geniuses will cause the judge to recuse himself, causing further delay in the case,” he said.
The ODM official added that the party would not expel the former university student leader unless the court finds him guilty.
This comes as the High Court on Wednesday, 8th July, barred the media from commenting on the case.
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and Office of the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) were also stopped from giving opinions until the final ruling is made.
A week ago, a report by NTV’s Dan Mwangi caused an uproar after highlighting DJ Evolve’s painful recovery.
Kenyans on and off social media wondered why the Embakasi East MP was free as the DJ suffers.
A section of social media users made an online petition, asking the investigators to fast track the case.
However, DJ Evolve’s father came out to defend MP Babu Owino, saying that the legislator has supported the family through the tough period.
He also cautioned the media against seeking interviews with his son, adding that it would slow down his recovery.