I knew only education would get me out of poverty — Babu Owino
By Vincent Kejitan | May 2nd 2020
Embakasi East MP Babu Owino on Saturday opened up on his
struggles during childhood saying he knew only education would give him a
Speaking a day after he took KCSE candidates through a
Mathematics revision class, the MP stated that there was a time his family
would sleep on empty stomachs but he was determined to turn around their
“I remember when we used to go without food but still had to
soldier on and find my path in life. A path that was to make a difference to my
mum and other family members.
“I had to burn the midnight oil to study at the same time
sell chang’aa to raise my school fees,” he said.
Adding: “I knew very well that it’s only Education that
could get me from the shackles of poverty and I decided to concentrate on it. Let’s
invest in Education fellow parents, brothers and sisters. Never give up
comrades God is in it.”
Although many praised Babu for taking his time to offer
assistance to candidates, others said he should be behind bars for the shooting
of DJ Evolve.
In a recent interview, Babu said he was in touch with Evolve’s
family and had been paying his hospital bill.
“There’s no saint without a past. I cannot change my past
but I can change my future.
“Every other thing that happened is between me and God and I
chose to forgive myself,” he said.
Adding that on humanitarian grounds he agreed to pay
Evolve’s hospital bill.
“He is a very good friend of mine…let no man judge me.”
In March, Justice Luka Kimaru ruled that Babu could not be
forced to pay for DJ Evolve's medical bill in criminal proceedings.
The judge however observed that Babu could continue paying
for the DJ’s medical bills on moral grounds.
The MP had been freed on January 27 after pleading not guilty to charges of attempted murder and carrying a firearm while drunk and disorderly.
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