‘Remove me from the fire’ – Babu Owino pleads with Uhuru after Harambee House talks

Embattled Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino has pleaded with President Uhuru Kenyatta to ‘remove him from the fire’ following the Harambee House meeting with National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga.

Babu, who saw his election victory nullified by the High Court on grounds that the election wasn’t conducted in a free and fair manner, told the President that he had suffered long enough and didn’t want to be ‘stronger than this’, suggesting that the president intervenes in his political situation.

During Parliamentary proceedings on Wednesday, Babu said, “I would like to tell the president, Uhuru Kenyatta, that he has put Babu Owino in fire, and he has burned and he is strong. I do not want to be stronger than this, let him remove me from the fire.”

He went on to recognise Uhuru Kenyatta as Kenya’s President, urging for support from all politicians to help prolong negotiations between Uhuru and Raila.

The ice was finally broken after President Uhuru Kenyatta held a meeting with Odinga at Harambee House on Friday, March 9.

They met to discuss a number of issues, mainly beginning the process of ending animosity and uniting the country.

This was the first time in a long time that the two leaders have met publicly to discuss issues after hopes of dialogue had begun to fade.

Briefing the media outside Harambee House after the meeting, the two leaders emphasized on the need for other leaders to support their cause to unite the country and also called on all Kenyans to help them move the country forward.

In what Raila referred to as ‘Call to self-reflection’, the former Premier asked leaders and all Kenyans to stop running away from challenges and scoop out the animosity that has held the country hostage since the August 8th elections.

President Uhuru stated that the future of the country should be dictated by the stability and well-being of the people. He also asked for support from leaders and all Kenyans.

“We have come together to find solutions that will bind Kenyans together, “said the President.