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Rabble-rouser Babu Owino gives Kenyans a taste of what to expect

Embakasi East MP elect Paul Ongili, popularly known as Babu Owino, has already started causing drama even before taking oath of office as a legislature.

The former University of Nairobi student leader on Thursday night demanded that he should be given an opportunity to ask a question to the IEBC commissioners an opportunity only reserved to journalists.

Standing at the designated place of journalists with the members of the fourth estate at the Bomas of Kenya auditorium, Babu Owino shouted to the electoral commission CEO Mr Ezra Chiloba that he has a question.


Mr Chiloba was briefing the country on various questions on the election issues and upon taking questions from journalists, Babu Owino shouted….. “I have a question.”

The IEBC CEO ruled him out telling him to register any complaint he might have at the party’s registration desk set up by the commission inside the auditorium.

“If you have anything to ask, just go to the party’s agents desk,” Mr Chiloba said.

“Why should I be denied an opportunity to ask a question?” Owino asked before walking out of the auditorium.

He was booed by jubilee leaders who were inside the auditorium.

Supporters of the controversial student leader had Thursday morning caused drama at the Embakasi East constituency tallying center after Babu’s certificate apparently went missing.


The angry supporters alleged that there was a plot deny the ODM politician the certificate hence the delay to release the certificate even after announcement of the winner.

“We are not going to accept anything than a certificate. We don’t want to know where are going to get it. I know there are plans to deny me my victory but I tell you I have been elected by the people of Embakasi East and you cannot select leaders for them,’’ a visibly agitated Babu Owino told the Returning Officer Mr Nicholas Burtuk.

Mr Burtuk claimed that the certificate had been locked in an office and logistic officer who had the key had been arrested over election malpractice. Police however denied the claims of arrest.