Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino has been arrested and taken to the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) headquarters for using disparaging remarks against President Uhuru Kenyatta and threats to force him out of office.

His remarks on Sunday during a campaign tour of Dagoretti in Nairobi, during which he referred to the President as “mtoto wa mbwa” ( son of a dog) set social media ablaze with Jubilee supporters demanding his arrest as those supporting Raila comparing him with Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.

His arrest came as protesters took to the streets of Kiambu and Ruiru towns to express their distaste to Owino’s remarks, demanding his arrest and an apology from him. Business and transport operations have been paralysed along Kiambu Road and at Ruiru on the Thika Superhighway.

The MP, however, refused to apologise, saying that his remarks were not directed to President Uhuru, and that he owes no one apology.

“I will not apologize to anyone because I called nobody’s name during my yesterday’s address. We have so many presidents in Kenya, from the President of Sonu to all presidents of students union in Kenya, President of the Supreme Court, President of Youth senate and many more. However I will stick to objective politics and will never abuse anybody,” wrote Owino.

Women Representative of Nairobi Esther Passaris, who was present, has distanced herself and the Nasa Coalition from Babu’s words and conduct, and apologised to former First Lady Mama Ngina and the Kenyatta family for the insults.

Residents of Kiambu town protest remarks made by Embakasi East MP Babu Owino. He has since been arrested.

“I would like to condemn in the strongest terms possible the utterances made by my fellow MP Babu Owino during our campaign rally in Westlands and Dagoretti North yesterday. As a mother, I sincerely apologize to the former First Lady, Her Excellency Mama Ngina Kenyatta, and her family over the insult and disrespect meted on her, which neither depicts nor reflects the character or direction envisaged by our Party leader the Rt Hon. Raila Odinga and the NASA principals,” Passaris said in a statement posted on Twitter.

“Freedom of speech comes with responsibility, and I beg my fellow politicians and Kenyans on both sides of the divide not to abuse this freedom whether on social media or otherwise,” she said.

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According to Passaris,  no matter how big political differences are, there is a line that should not be crossed.

This is not the first time the MP is finding himself in trouble over derogatory remarks since he was elected into Parliament a month ago.

During his swearing in ceremony, Owino was forced to repeat his oath allegiance after pledging loyalty to Raila referring to him as the President of Kenya.

He, however, got away with utterance of the ‘Tibiim’ slogan at the end of the swearing in.


  1. This is a very dangerous element of this society. I warn that Kenya will regret having him on political scenes. You have not seen demonic wars camouflaging in tribalism, classicism yet.


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