NAIROBI, Kenya Jan 17 – Embakasi East MP Babu Owino was arrested on Friday morning for shooting a DJ at B-Club, police said.
“The MP is in custody,” said George Kinoti, the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI), “he was arrested for shooting a man at the club.”
He said the shooting occurred around 8am.
A detective who saw the victim said he was shot in the neck. The victim was identified as Felix Orinda alias Evolve, a Disk Jockey at the club, who is well known to the MP.
“He suffered serious injuries and has been rushed to Nairobi Hospital,” the officer said, “he was shot after a brief argument at the club”.
Police said the MP was arrested at Nairobi Hospital where the victim had been rushed for treatment.
B-Club is an upmarket nightclub on Galana Road in Nairobi, often frequented by the middle and upper class.
When reached for comment, Kilimani DCIO Fatuma Hadi said she was at the scene, but did not immediately provide more details.
Owino has issued a statement posted on his Facebook Page, saying there was an exchange of fire in the club, but did not provide details on how or who shot the DJ.
“While enjoying the company of my friends at a popular Nairobi restaurant, I was surrounded by a large group of aggressive individuals. In the melee, there was an exchange of gunfire,” he said, “I invite the relevant authorities to conduct their investigations without fear or favor and I remain confident that the truth will come out.”
The MP appeared to link the shooting to threats to his life which he had reported to police previously.
“A few weeks ago, I made a public statement regarding threats that I had been receiving against my life. At the turn of the year, I reported an attempted assassination at the Parliament Police Station under OB number OB21/17/11/2019 at 17:28hrs. I have been living under the weight of intimidation and threats by my political opponents,” he said.
Police have however, indicated that they plan to charge him.