by GW Reporter
Embakasi East MP Paul Ongili alias Babu Owino has been remanded for seven days pending preparation of the bail report by the probation team at the Milimani law courts.
Babu had pleaded not guilty of shooting Felix Orinda alias DJ Evolve at B Club located along Galana Road in Nairobi last week.
The legislator was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi where he was accused of shooting the DJ on the neck in the Friday morning incident.
The charge stated that the legislator ‘unlawfully attempted to cause the death of Felix Orinda by shooting him on the neck’ during the morning incident.
The Chief Magistrate remanded the legislator for seven days noting that the High Court once extended a remand period due to the logistics required to prepare the bail report, hence seven days were enough.He thwarted pleas by defence lawyer Danstan Omari to have Babu remanded at Gigiri Police Station. He insisted that the legislator has to be taken to a remand prison.
While pushing for his release on bail, the legislator’s other lawyer Cliff Ombeta challenged the prosecution’s plea to detain the lawmaker on the ground that he could interfere with the witnesses. Ombeta said that the prosecution had no proof to warrant the detention of his client.
He said Interfering with a witness is a criminal offence and questioned when the legislator tried to do the same.
On his part, lawyer Omari accused the prosecution of making a statement that could make up premature judgment implying that the MP was already guilty.
“The DPP only presents evidence and it’s the court to convict, he said while rubbishing DPP’s statement that they have evidence that can trigger conviction.
Omari pleaded with the court to treat the legislator normally like any other suspect and not with a preconceived mind that he was a notorious person with criminal tendencies.
The Chief Magistrate had argued that both prosecution and defence team had not cited the views of the witnesses. On this account, he ordered the bail report to be prepared by the probation team and availed in court when the case will be mentioned on January 27.
The DJ identified as Felix Orinda alias DJ Evolve was in critical condition at the Nairobi Hospital where he was rushed after the shooting. It was reported that DJ Evolve got into an argument with Owino at the club before the shooting happened at about 7 am.
In a short CCTV footage, Embakasi Member of Parliament (MP) Babu Owino, who is facing attempted murder charges, is seen whipping his pistol before shooting a man believed to be Orinda. The youthful MP is seen smoking shisha in the company of other revelers.The 18 seconds long CCTV footage ends with two men dragging the wounded man from the club.