Babu Owino responds after outrage on DJ Evolve rising hospital bill

By Fay Ngina | Monday, Feb 24th 2020 at 08:13
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Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino has broken silence on Felix Oringa alias DJ Evolve’s rising medical bills that sparked outrage last week among social media users.

Kenyans on social media and friends to DJ Evolve demanded to if the legislator is helping in paying the medical bills after reports that the bill rose to almost Sh7million.

Through his lawyer Duncan Okatch, Babu Owino, who is accused of shooting DJ Evolve on the neck at B Club in Nairobi, stated that the legislator has so far paid Sh5m for the hospital bills.

“Our client has up to date paid a total of Sh5 million which principally is channeled towards the treatment of the victim,” read part of the letter by Okatch and Partners Advocates, the firm representing Babu Owino.

In addition, the letter reads that Mr Owino has no control over the money he was asked to pay by the court since the cash was directly paid to the Honourable Courts.

“The court order indicated that these monies were to be paid directly to the Honourable Courts, which would then release the funds, on a monthly basis, to Nairobi Hospital where the victim is hospitalized.”

“This essentially means that our client has no control of the funds once he has deposited the same in court. It is instructive to note that our client voluntarily, and without coercion or court orders, paid an initial sum of Ksh.600,000 and has openly undertaken to cater fully for the medical expenses of the victim until the victim fully recovers,” stated the letter.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Babu Owino was arrested on Friday, January 17, 2020, for allegedly shooting the 25-year-old DJ.

The Embasaki East MP was arraigned in court, and in his ruling, Milimani Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi directed Babu Owino to deposit Sh10 million cash bail in four equal installments of Sh2.5 million each in the next three months.

The Magistrate said that some of the money would be used to settle DJ Evolve’s medical bills.

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