Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino was once again involved in a public spat, this time with the police.
The controversial legislator and several other opposition MPs caused drama at the JKIA after they attempted to forcefully enter the precincts of the airport, for a press briefing.
While police insisted that the airport is a protected area, the defiant leaders led by Babu Owino, Siaya Senator James Orengo and Homabay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga, insisted, “we must assess the security of the airport ahead of the arrival of our leader Raila Odinga.”
A video of the brief altercation has emerged on social media, showing Babu Owino’s heated exchange with airport security.
In the short clip, Babu Owino can be heard asking the police; “Were You elected by any person?”
He adds: “This is a public place my friend. It is restricted to who? ”
Watch the clip below.
The MP, Ruaraka MP Tom Kajwang, and former Starehe parliamentary aspirant Steve Mbogo, were later in the day arrested while heading to a rally in Kibera.
Police said the three, who were taken to Kilimani Police Station, were arrested for riding on motorcycles without helmets.
They were released and ordered to report back to the Kilimani Police Station on Friday at 1 pm for further interrogation over the matter, failure of which they will be prosecuted.
Reacting to the arrest, Babu Owino wrote on social media: “So the idiots have released me and stating that I was on a motorbike without a helmet.A lizard in the village can’t become a crocodile in the city.what charge is this surely or sideshows from the police.why have they released me so prematurely?”