Embakasi East MP Paul Ongili alias Babu Owino was on Sunday, May 24, interviewed by Anne Kiguta on K24 prime-time political talk show Punchline, and it engineered overwhelming reaction from Kenyans online.
The interview saw the lawmaker discuss various issues including recent evictions in Ruai and his online Secondary Education (KCSE) classes, but it was the topic of Felix Orinda also known as DJ Evolve that saw the conversation go south.
The interview started going south after K24 replayed the viral CCTV footage which captured Babu shooting the DJ in the neck at B-Club, Nairobi in January this year. Kiguta relentlessly pressed Babu over the issue and he had a sudden change of attitude as seen from his responses to the news anchor.
She questioned Babu whether he should still hold a position in office after being charged, frustrating the politician who questioned Kiguta’s motives yet he insisted that the matter was still in court.
The legislator, however, maintained that he was innocent until proven guilty.
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As Kiguta continued with the line of questioning and poked holes into his character, Babu grew frustrated and asked if Kiguta was working with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to have him re-arrested. He informed Kiguta that she was in no position to be a judge of morality.
What I will tell you Anne is simple. This is a matter before a court of law, and a matter before a court of law is subjudice (prohibited from public discussion). Have you ever been arrested or handcuffed? If you discuss this matter those people are going to arrest you because it is a matter before a court of law and we will stop at that,” Babu stated when shown the CCTV footage.
Babu’s frustration grew more apparent when Kiguta asked him whether he should have resigned after pulling the trigger, questioning if he had violated the public trust.
Since you seem to have answers that you want to tell Kenyans, you can speak to them. I have told you, you have no moral obligation, you have no moral yardstick to measure morality.It is a matter before the court of law. Why don’t you discuss the Constitution that says you are innocent until proven guilty?
The heated interview was earlier shared by K24 on their youtube platform but has since been pulled down due to unknown reasons. Watch a snippet of the interview below