Lawyer Cliff Ombeta has defended his client Paul Ongili popularly known as Babu Owino after he was arrested on Friday morning.
Ombeta alleged that the Embakasi East MP was provoked before the shooting occurred at B Club in Nairobi.
“He (Owino) was approached in a non-friendly manner by someone he considered a friend and physical fight ensued,” Ombeta said.
According to the lawyer, Owino had filed a complaint at the Parliament Police Station on November 17, 2019 claiming that his life was in danger.
Apparently the MP had been tracked by unknown persons, causing him to be anxious.
He is said to have increased his security detail, changed the routes he uses and moved from one place to another.
“That thing has been hanging over his head. On Thursday night, a person who he eventually realized was his friend, somehow approached him in a way that was unexpected and Babu reacted. I cannot say anything beyond that….eventually somebody was shot,” Ombeta said.
The lawyer insisted that the MP had not intended to commit an offense arguing that since he had been apprehensive about his life, his reaction was ‘understandable’.
He said his client wants the matter investigated to the end and further urged the MP’s supporters to keep calm and avoid any protests.
“It is Babu who took the victim to hospital and the latest is that the DJ is stable. He even paid for the medical bill and has vowed to continue paying. It (the shooting) is something that is regrettable but needs to be investigated further,” Ombeta said .
The lawyer noted that police already have the gun that was used adding that it was genuinely acquired and licensed.
Investigations are ongoing to establish what exactly transpired at the popular night club on Thursday night.
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