Babu Owino arrested for insulting President Uhuru


A file photo of Babu Owino at Kilimani police station in Nairobi.

Embakasi East MP Babu Owino has been arrested and taken to CID headquarters on Kiambu Road for remarks said to have been about the President.

During a rally in Kawangware’s Congo area on Sunday, the first-time MP tore into someone he referred to as mtoto wa mbwa.

He likened this person to long-term African leaders who were eventually removed from power.

Babu later said he would not apoologise and dared police to arrest him as referring to someone as a puppy doesn’t amount to abuse.

Speaking to The Star on phone shortly after being arrested, Babu maintained his innocence noting he did not name any Kenyan politician in his address.

“I’m innocent. If you watch the clip…you tell me…who did I abuse? No one.”

Earlier, Nairobi woman representative Esther passaris condemned the remarks as unfortunate and apologised to the first family.

She urged politicians to responsibly exercise their right to freedom of speech.

“Freedom of speech comes with responsibility…beg my fellow politicians and Kenyans on both sides of the divide not to abuse this freedom, whether on social media or otherwise,” Passaris said in a Facebook post.

Residents of Kiambu on Monday held demonstrations along Kiambu road and Thika Highway to condemn the remarks.

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