Babu Owino to be charged with attempted murder - DCI
SEE ALSO :DEVELOPING: Babu Owino in courtSpent cartridges and the gun were recovered from the car that took Orinda to hospital, according to detectives. DCI director George Kinoti has now said Babu Owino will be charged with attempted murder. “It is apparent that he wanted to kill the man,” said Kinoti. Witnesses say Babu arrived at the club – which he frequents – slightly before midnight, accompanied by his handlers and companions. Music flowed, some on his demand. The DJ would occasionally come to his table and take a list of his preferred songs. They drunk, smoked, danced and made merry. When morning came, at around 7am, Babu and his team rose to leave.
SEE ALSO :Wait for my side of the story, says BabuIn one of his favourite social media pictures, the DJ, in his trademark dreadlocks, is seen at the entertainment deck donning a blue sleeveless jacket and a white sweatshirt. Those who have interacted with him paint a picture of a young man who was always aloof, except when he was hanging out with some of his clientele. “He is a humble boy who went about his business in a calm and friendly manner,” said Solomon Koko, a writer with The Standard. Ken Frank, a friend who has known DJ Evolve for 12 years, said he was not the type to cause a fracas, as he went about his work with a quiet demeanour. “He is a polite man and we have never known him to be violent. We met years ago while he was training as a DJ and we have been friends ever since,” said Frank. Charles Kamau, alias DJ Chally of Kiza Lounge, said DJs are rarely involved in club fiascos as they usually maintain their space without much interaction with revellers. Kamau, who has worked with DJ Evolve in the same building, said what they have to worry about most as artists were the flying bottles from patrons in the heat of arguments. “Flying bottles are common and such incidents are well handled by the security team. Most of the time, a patron will come over and say sorry over an incident. We just carry on since we know we are not the targets of their fury,” said Kamau. Babu is no stranger to controversy. Famed for his signature words “Tibim!” and “Tialala!” that took a life of their own and became his defying phrases during his campaign, Babu has always been a man in the news. From abusing the president in words that cannot be expressed in print, to beseeching university students to go on strike when he was a student leader, the MP has always led a colourful life. As if by premonition, he has said in previous interviews that he believes in leadership by the ballot or bullet. “If we must kill to save all comrades, then we must do it,” he once said during a protest in the murder of a student of the University of Nairobi, where he was a student leader for a period spanning almost a decade. During the period, his leadership was full of heavy English words such as ‘cantankerous and belligerent’, that impressed his loyalists at the time. His graduation was a flashy affair, appearing in an entourage escorted by men in suits. His victory as Embakasi MP was contested and petitioned in court, but the court ruled in his favour. Additional reporting by Peter Muiruri
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