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Babu Owino committed to remand prison pending bail report

Owino who was arraigned in court to face two criminal charges – an unlawful attempt to cause the death of a Nairobi DJ and carrying a firearm while drunk and disorderly –over last week’s gun drama at Nairobi’s B-Club, denied wrongdoing/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 20 – Troubled Embakasi East lawmaker Babu Owino was Monday committed to remand prison awaiting the determination of his bail application on January 27.

Milimani Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi said the court will wait for a bail report to be filed by the Department of Probation Services before determining the application.

Andayi declined a request to have the legislator detained at the Gigiri Police Station where he has been held since being arrested on Friday, January 17.

Owino who was arraigned in court to face two criminal charges – an unlawful attempt to cause the death of a Nairobi DJ and carrying a firearm while drunk and disorderly –over last week’s gun drama at Nairobi’s B-Club, denied wrongdoing.

The MP, formally known as Paul Ongili, was accused of unlawfully attempting to end the life of Felix Odhiambo Orinda after shooting him in the neck, contrary to Section 222 of the Penal Code.

The offence commonly referred to as accessory after the fact to murder attracts life imprisonment.

“Any person who becomes an accessory after the fact to murder is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for life,” Section 222 of the Penal Code reads.

Owino also faced a second charge arising from his disorderly conduct while armed, the prosecution telling the court the legislator violated Sections 33 and 31 (1) of the Firearms Act.

The Act (Section 33) prescribes imprisonment for a term not exceeding a year, a fine not exceeding Sh10,000 or both for any person found guilty of carrying a firearm while drunk or disorderly.

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Section 34 (1) further prescribed a sentence not less than seven years but not exceeding fifteen years for, the possession and use of a firearm with, “intent to commit any criminal offence.”

Owino’s lawyer, Cliff Ombeta, filed an application for the release of the MP asking the court instead to restrict him from accessing B-Club, the scene of crime, where the prosecution said potential witnesses worked.

CCTV footage from the club showed Owino, a former University of Nairobi student leader, shooting the DJ, while smoking shisha, and surrounded by his friends – including a lady who was seated just next to him.

The DJ is still admitted to Nairobi Hospital having undergone surgeries to remove a bullet that was lodged in his neck.

The shooting elicited concerns, with many asking why B-Club was still operating despite a court order last year that it should be closed.

Many also wondered why the club continued to offer its clients shisha which is a banned substance in Kenya.

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