Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino yesterday came under attack from all sides for insulting President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In a rally on Sunday, Babu compared Uhuru to several African presidents who were removed from office by citizens, after extending their stay. He mentioned the likes of Gaddafi, Gbagbo and Jammeh of Gambia. To drive the point home, Babu then called Uhuru ‘mtoto wa mbwa’.
This did not go down well with Jubilee politicians and supporters, with none other than Moses Kuria (ironically) calling for his arrest. On Facebook, Kuria wrote:
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I still hold you in high regard. The cell number 4 at Pangani which has hosted me frequently is waiting for Babu Owino. I trust this will be done today to save me unnecessary time, effort and resources tomorrow
Even some members of Nasa, led by Nairobi Woman representative Esther Passaris, condemned Babu.
Passaris released a statement on Twitter apologizing to Uhuru’s mother and former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta. She said the disrespect is not a reflection of principals envisaged by Raila and Nasa.
Babu’s words triggered protests in several areas of Central Province, including Kiambu town, Ruiru and Githurai. Protesters set up road blocks and bonfires on Thika Superhighway causing heavy traffic gridlock, as they engaged police in cat and mouse games.
While campaigning at Chuka University, President Uhuru also mentioned the incident in passing. He said that Nasa are champions of insults, and they have now deployed their disrespectful young members to insult him.
“Hawa vijana wao hawana adabu wacha waendelee..” he said.
Uhuru also addressed Babu’s incident in a tweet, stating that young men should stop insulting their elders.
Eventually Babu was arrested and was expected to be charged today.