Kenyans online fault Judiciary after Babu Owino’s release


Kenyans online fault Judiciary after Babu Owino's release
Banner erected in Nairobi by activists slamming the Judiciary. PHOTO | COURTESY

In Summary

  • This comes after the release of controversial Embakasi East MP Babu Owino on a Ksh.10 million cash bail in a case where he is accused of shooting Felix Orinda, popularly known as DJ Evolve.
  • In an unusual ruling, Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi directed that the Ksh.10 million be paid in four installments of Ksh.2.5 million for the next four months; the lawmaker will be released after paying the first installment.

A section of Kenyans on Tuesday took to social media to slam the country’s judicial system for what they termed as gross incompetence in their handling of high profile cases involving wealthy and prominent individuals.

This comes after the release of controversial Embakasi East MP Babu Owino on a Ksh.10 million cash bail in a case where he is accused of shooting Felix Orinda, popularly known as DJ Evolve.

In an unusual ruling on Monday, Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi directed that the Ksh.10 million be paid in four installments of Ksh.2.5 million for the next four months; the lawmaker was to be released after paying the first installment.

The Magistrate also noted that the money will be used to settle the victim’s medical bill with the amount that remains unused serving as bail.

Babu Owino was further prohibited from indulging in any form of narcotics or alcohol in a public establishment.

The ruling however sparked mixed reactions among Kenyans on Twitter (KOT), reigniting debate on how cases involving prominent and apparently wealthy individuals are handled as opposed to those involving the common citizens.

A group of activists early Tuesday morning mounted banners along major highways in the city, with one of them inscribed with the words: “Why is the majority of inmates in Kenya the poor people? We demand a working judiciary free of corrupt judges now!”

Another read: “Akashas were free in Kenya for over 4 years with cases, but were jailed in 2 months by a USA court. We demand a working judiciary free of corrupt judges now!”

“Will Kidero, Sonko or Waititu ever step in jail for corruption? We demand a working judiciary free of corrupt judges now!” Read a third one erected on Landhies Road.

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