7 December 2018

Kenya: Babu Owino Opposes EAC Motion After Being Banned From Uganda

Embakasi East MP Babu Owino has opposed a motion touching on the East African Community (EAC) after he was declare a persona non-grata by the neighbouring country Uganda.

President Yoweri Museveni's government banned the MP from entering Uganda after he hosted firebrand Ugandan MP Bobi Wine in Nairobi two months ago.

The Kenyan parliament on Thursday debated on the ratification of protocol of information and communication technology networks in EAC.

"Mr Speaker I think this motion is for the best interest of East African Community countries and Mr Speaker being a person who's been banned from going to Uganda, how can this benefit me Mr Speaker? So I am against this motion until my ban is lifted from Uganda Mr Speaker, thank you," said Mr Owino.

Asked by National Assembly Deputy Speaker Moses Cheboi, who was in charge, if the ban affected all the residents of Embakasi East constituency, Mr Owino said he is the voice of his constituents.

"Mr Speaker because it is not for the benefit of some of the members of the EAC like me and my people, because I am the will of the people of Embakasi East and I represent their views and interests. So what is affecting me is affecting the residents of Embakasi East constituency," he responded.


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