Jubilee leaders visit Babu Owino at police station, demand his release


Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja with Babu Owino and former Embakasi South MP Irshad Sumra at ...
Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja with Babu Owino and former Embakasi South MP Irshad Sumra at Parklands Police Station at Parklands Police Station. PHOTO| CITIZEN DIGITAL

A section of Jubilee legislators led by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja have moved to fight for the release of Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino who was arrested on Friday, January 19.

Sakaja on Sunday visited Babu Owino at Parklands Police Station where he vowed to ensure the first-time legislator is set free immediately.

Speaking at the police station, Sakaja termed the assault allegations behind Babu Owino’s arrest as a petty offence that should not warrant him a three-day detention.

“This is a petty offence.. I don’t agree with it and I will stand for him. I am staying here until Babu is released,” said Sakaja who was also joined by former Imenti Central MP Gideon Mwiti.

The Nairobi Senator managed to have Babu Owino brought out of the cells to meet his colleagues.

National Super Alliance (NASA) legislators including Suna East MP Junet Mohamed, Mathare legislator Anthony Oluoch, Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga and former Embakasi South MP Irshad Sumra were also at the station seeking to have Babu Owino released.

Babu Owino was arrested on Friday afternoon following accusations of assaulting a parking attendant at an entertainment joint in Westlands, Nairobi on January 11.

He spent Friday and Saturday night in police cells after efforts by opposition leaders and University of Nairobi students to secure his freedom failed.

NASA leader Raila Odinga and his counterpart Moses Wetangula on Saturday stormed Parklands Police Station demanding to know the reasons behind the arrest of the controversial MP and why he could not be released immediately.

Their quest to have the first-time legislator released however hit a dead end, with Owino being forced to spend his entire weekend behind bars.

Babu Owino is set to be arraigned in court on Monday.

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