Babu Owino: Matiang’i is paying the price of his failure to arrest Chebukati
Embakasi East MP Babu Owino has blamed former Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i for not heeding his advice after the latter’s home was raided by the police on Wednesday night.
In a tweet, the controversial lawmaker claimed that had Dr Matiang’i listened to him and arrested former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chair Wafula Chebukati, then what is happening would have been forestalled.
This after it was reported that Dr Matiang’i’s Karen home raided by the police on Wednesday night.
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Owino, a second-term lawmaker, has insisted that the woos befalling Matiang’i was a result of Chebukati and the aftermath of the August 9th, 2022 election.
“If Matiang’i would have heed my advice/instructions of arresting Chebukati we would have not gone through these nonsensical games,” the MP tweeted.
If Matiang’i would have heed to my advice/instructions of arresting Chebukati we would have not gone through these nonsensical games. pic.twitter.com/c9VJESlJXp
— Babu Owino (@HEBabuOwino) February 9, 2023
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Mr Owino has in the past claimed that Chebukati bungled the elections. Last year, in an interview on NTV, he questioned why former Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho refused to arrest Chebukati at a time when all signs were clear that Raila Odinga was not going to be declared the winner of the August 9 Presidential Election.
“I told him, the way things are moving we need to act very fast. Do you know what Kibicho told me, Babu wacha vita,” Owino told NTV.
The lawmaker questioned Kibicho’s loyalty and his role in the August polls.
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“Nikasema what is happening na huyu mtu, was he part of this? This man was supposed to be our person but what is happening?” he added.
Chebukati announced Dr Ruto as the winner of the election but Mr Odinga and his Azimio la Umoja Coaltion sought legal redress to challenge the outcome of the election.
However, a seven-judge Supreme Court bench, led by Chief Justice Martha Koome, upheld Dr Ruto’s victory.
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