Babu Owino Recounts His Ordeal At The Hands Of Police
Embakasi East MP Babu Owino has bravely recounted the harrowing ordeal he endured at the hands of the police during his recent arrest and subsequent three-day detention.
Through a video posted on his social media platforms, Babu shared the shocking details of his arrest at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
According to his account, he was apprehended and immediately subjected to handcuffs and blindfolds in what he claims to be an abduction. The situation escalated when he was forcefully placed inside the trunk of a waiting Subaru.
In an unsettling turn of events, Babu was then driven to an undisclosed location, where he endured solitary confinement under distressing conditions. It was only later that his family managed to trace his whereabouts, leading them to the Wang’uru police station in Mwea, Kirinyaga County.
Babu Owino’s revelation sheds light on a concerning aspect of the justice system and raises questions about the treatment of detainees in such cases.
“For three days I was not given food, no access to my family, no access to my legal representation, I did not take a bath, I did not take water, and that was a very inhumane treatment accorded to me,” Babu said.
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The MP expressed deep concern and raised a thought-provoking question about the treatment of an ordinary citizen (mwananchi) if an elected representative like him could be subjected to such treatment by the authorities.
He strongly condemned the Kenya Kwanza administration for the alleged mistreatment he endured during his arrest and detention. According to him, his only mistake was standing up and advocating for the rights and welfare of Kenyan citizens.
“I’m a messenger, you can kill the messenger but you will never kill the message. If fighting for Kenyans will cost me my life, so be it. Since I was a student leader, I was fighting for the interests of Kenyans and I will continue fighting for them.”
In the face of his challenging experience, Babu Owino remains resolute and asserts that what happened to him will serve as a catalyst for their ongoing fight to create a better Kenya.
Babu firmly believes that the burden of the unbearable cost of living weighs heavily on the common man, and this injustice only strengthens their determination to advocate for positive change and improvement in the lives of ordinary Kenyan citizens.
“The price of fuel must come down. The price of unga must come down. The price of other commodities must come down. A good leader is the one who ensures that his people do not suffer.”
In a stern warning directed at President Ruto, Babu declared that if the administration proceeds with the controversial Finance Act 2023, which includes proposals for additional taxes on Kenyans, it will have serious consequences.
He cautioned that such a move could lead to significant repercussions for President Ruto’s leadership and his administration.