Babu Owino Arrested. Are Politicians Getting Out Of Hand?

Embakasi East Member of Parliament, Babu Owino. PHOTO|NATION
After crazy remarks during the weekend in a NASA rally, Babu Owino has stirred the waters again. When supporters of President Uhuru Kenyatta went to the streets to protest his rude remarks, the police had to do something and the MP was arrested and taken to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI). Are our politicians getting out of hand?

We are used to the smooth-talking politicians who sometimes take jabs at each other and call each other names. However, until recently the 'worst' we heard was maybe 'jamaa wa vitendawili', 'hustla' or 'mlevi'.
After the August 8th elections that were faulted by the Supreme Court and the return to the campaigns, it is safe to say that politicians have decided to go all out.

From Moses Kuria, Johnstone Muthama to Babu Owino, harsh words have been said while addressing the public. With opposing sides that all believe their victory in the election was stolen, there is no end in sight to the insults and mentions as the mudslinging continues.

 Mr. Ongili was arrested in Nairobi's Central Business District at 4pm  on Monday and taken to the DCI headquarters along Kiambu Road for interrogation.

When interviewed, the Nairobi County Police Commander Japhet Koome confirmed the arrest but did not give further details.

Mr Ongili had earlier in the day, in a Facebook post denied that he had mentioned the President in the remarks he made.

“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 (University of Nairobi Student Union), to all presidents of student unions in Kenya. President of the Supreme Court, President of the Youth Senate and many more.”

If history is anything to go by, all cases of derogatory remarks usually fizzle out in Kenya. Monday's reaction by residents who are Uhuru Kenyatta's supporters just show the edgy situation that the country is in. However, we all know that instead of calming the situation, politicians usually ride on these kinds of emotions.

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