11 October 2017

Kenya: Babu Owino - Kenyans Would Be Mourning If I Didn't Fight Jaguar

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Embakasi East MP Babu Owino and Starehe lawmaker Charles Njagua aka Jaguar.

Embakasi East legislator Paul Ongili has said that he does not regret getting into a physical fight with his Starehe counterpart Charles Njagua alias Jaguar.

The two lawmakers fought at the Parliament Buildings on Tuesday over an argument on the legitimacy of the presidency .

Addressing journalists at Okoa Kenya offices on Tuesday, the young MP - popularly known as Babu Owino - claimed he acted in self-defence after a "malicious attack" and does not see any ground to be remorseful for his actions.


"I cannot regret because I was defending myself. It was an act of self-defence in the face of a malicious attack. If I did not defend myself right now it would be a different story. Embakasi East residents would be missing their MP and Kenyan citizens would now be mourning," said Mr Ongili.

He said his action was necessary as his life was in danger and he had to act swiftly.

He claimed the attack might have been planned beforehand.

"If I did not defend myself, I would be dead by now because the way those people came to me was so strange and weird. Seemingly, they also had a group of people they had planned earlier to come and attack me," he said.

When pressed if he would take the necessary legal channels for redress, the first time MP said that he would not pursue the matter further.


"I will forgive them as the Bible says and I will follow the Bible. It is my choice not to report them. As Babu Owino, I am so innocent and I will not follow the law but just forgive them," said the former University of Nairobi student leader.

"I would like to condemn the act done by Jaguar and his colleague Benjamin Gathiru of Embakasi Central with the contempt it deserves because that is an unbecoming conduct from a Member of Parliament."

An investigation into the matter has already been instituted by the Parliament's security officers with the first legislators staring at the risk of being kicked out of Parliament for a maximum of 28 days.

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