Why DPP slowed down Babu Owino’s prosecution in DJ Evolve’s shooting incident

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji on Tuesday, June 30, said the prosecution of Embakasi East MP Babu Owino over the attempted murder of Felix Orinda was slowed down.

Through the official Twitter handle, the DPP said that Mr Orinda, aka DJ Evolve, has been unable to record a statement as the shooting incident at B-Club affected his speech.

"Prosecution of Embakasi MP Paul Ongili Babu Owino over attempted murder of DJ Evolve has been slowed down by the inability of the victim to record a statement following the shooting which affected his speech," said the DPP.

The DPP's statement came a day after DJ Evolve's interview was aired on TV prompting Kenyans to ask for justice on social media.

During the interview, the 25-year-old DJ, while struggling to speak due to the tube attached to his neck, said he has not been able to do anything for himself as the incident left him immobile.

DJ Evolve said he couldn't sleep before and kept having flashbacks of the B-club tragedy, adding that the incident left him traumatized.

"I'm Okay generally; I'm doing better as opposed to when it first happened. I was really traumatized at the beginning, but I learnt to live with it.

"At least nowadays I can be able to sleep, but before I couldn't sleep at all, I kept having flashbacks of the fateful day. I needed medication to help me sleep," narrated DJ Evolve.

The DPP said an officer investigating Mr Orinda's case failed to get a statement from the victim due to his condition.

"After the incident, the investigating officer diligently followed up on the case, to record DJ Evolve's statement but found him in pain and overwhelmed.

"Due to the extraneous process that is taking a statement, it was unwise to take his statement at that point," explained the DPP.

Since DJ Evolve's condition has slightly improved, the DPP said they would use the opportunity to record a statement.

The Embakasi East MP was arrested on Friday, January 17, 2020, for allegedly shooting the 25-year-old DJ.

The MP was freed on January 27 after pleading not guilty to charges of attempted murder and carrying a firearm while drunk and disorderly.

After he denied the charges, Babu Owino was released on Sh10 million bond with two sureties of the same amount, something the DPP was against.