A Nairobi court has barred several entities from commenting on Embakasi East MP Babu Owino’s attempted murder case.
The order issued on Wednesday by Nairobi Senior Principal Magistrate Bernard Ochoi gags the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the media and bloggers from commenting on the case, where MP Owino is charged for allegedly shooting Felix Orinda, alias DJ Evolve.
On Wednesday, Owino’s lawyers Cliff Ombeta and Dunstan Omari told the court that the DPP recently incited Embakasi East constituents to recall the MP over the incident.
The defense team argued that the actions of the DPP are affecting the emotions of the accused person.
The matter will be mentioned on August 11th to confirm whether Orinda has recorded a statement.
Last week, MP Babu threatened to sue NTV for airing an interview with Orinda, who was recently discharged from the Nairobi Hospital after being bedridden for six months and undergoing multiple surgeries.
In a demand letter, Owino’s lawyers claimed the story by NTV was meant to “attack, accuse, persecute, reprimand, and convict our client in the eyes of the public with the sole intention of whipping up emotions and inciting the public against our client.”
Babu Owino is alleged to have shot and wounded Orinda at B-Club in Nairobi’s Kilimani area on January 17th, 2020. He denied the charges and was released on Sh5 million cash bail.