Embakasi East MP Babu Owino has gone head-to-head with DPP Noordin Haji following incitement allegations levelled against him.
Babu broke his silence and addressed claims that, together with other ODM leaders, were responsible for chaos that have rocked Kibra area the past days ahead of the November 7 by-election.
Through a facebook post, the lawmaker remarked that a document of his summon by the DPP had been doing rounds on social media.
According to the statement, the MP, together with Suna East’s Junet Mohamed and former Embakasi South MP Ishard Sumra, were required to appear before the National Cohesion and Integration Commission to record a statement over the fracas that ensued at DC grounds in Kibra on Monday.
The controversial politician noted that Haji had no powers to order the lot to appear before the commission.
He added that the commission was an independent body that should take no orders from an individual or office.
“I am made aware of a document circulating on social media allegedly from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions purporting to direct the National Cohesion and Integration Commission to summon myself alongside other Members of Parliament to record a statement.
“I wish to state that I am yet to be served with any such document. If indeed it is true that the ODPP has written this letter then as a lawyer and as a lawmaker, I would wish to remind him that the NCIC is an independent statutory body established under the National Cohesion and Integration Act No.12 of 2008 and does not take directions from any individual or office. It is imperative that the ODPP respects the same law that he is sworn to uphold and desists from issuing reckless and illegal orders,” read a part of the post.
The ODM member reiterated, “I will await formal communication from the NCIC failure to which I will treat the ODPP’s social media communication as rumours.”
The representative insisted that he had not committed a crime and was ready to stand for any utterances he had made.
“My conscience is clear. I have committed no crime and done no wrong. I am ready to stand by any of my public utterances in any forum. I am protected by the Bill of Rights enshrined in our Constitution.”
“Our Constitution is Supreme!” exclaimed Babu.
Junet and Sumra, through their lawyer Otiende Amollo, claimed that the DPP was making hasty conclusions on the matter.
“By saying the utterances were inflammatory, DPP has prejudged and concluded even before an investigation is completed. It prejudices the entire inquiry and it means the inquiry is a waste of time,” remarked Otiende.
The leaders further questioned the police on why they were not investigating concerns raised over proclaimed bribing of voters by Deputy President William Ruto.
“We want to know if the inspector (Chief Inspector Johnson Kilua) is acting as an individual or as a police force. Why has Ruto not been investigated over bribery in Kibra?” Questioned Otiende.