By Samedi wa Makambo
Embattled Malindi Mp Aisha Jumwa has come to the rescue of her Embakasi East counterpart who is facing possible charges of attempted murder, following the early morning shoot out incident at B-Club in Kenya’s Capital Nairobi.
According to unconfirmed reports, Babu shot a DJ at the club after an argument. No one knows what led to the scuffle. “I only saw Hon Babu withdraw his gun and shot at the DJ” a patron at the scene told Uji Moto correspondent in confidence. CCTV footage making rounds online also corroborates this narrative. The DCI have already embarked on an intensive investigation to unravel the misery.
Already the ODM Party which sponsored Babu to Parliament has distanced itself from the incident and asked Babu to carry his own cross. Through a communiqué via his Twitter handle, the ODM Secretary General, Mr. Edwin Sifuna reiterated that ODM is not above the laws of the land, and Babu should bare the consequences of his action as a person and should not drag the Party to his private affairs. “Matters of alleged criminal conduct are beyond the realm of a political party. The law enforcement agencies are in charge. The ODM party is subordinate to the law of the land. Our concern at the moment is with the victim of this extremely unfortunate incident”, he tweeted.
Kenyans had raised concerns on how the Party will hand Owino’s matter as his action is tantamount to criminal activity. Majority of Kenya wanted the ODM to de whip the Mp from the Party. The Party has in the been associated with violence and intolerance to the rule of law and its leaders have been seen as non adherence to ethos of leadership as prescribed in Chapter six of the Constitution (2010) on Leadership and Integrity. The quick response by Mr. Sifuna is therefore seen as an initiative to the write direction.
However, the Embakasi East Mp has found solace from the most unlikely quarters. The vocal Malindi Mp Aisha Jumwa has extended a benevolence to Babu in this hard time where is is likely to face life imprisonment should the Prosecution successfully file a case on attempted murder. Aisha who is seen as a rogue member in ODM has in been a bitter critic of the Party and its leadership. During a by election in Ganda Ward in her Constituency, she went against the Party and fully sponsored and organized a well coordinated campaign for an independent candidate to run against the Party’s candidate. It is during this Campaign that one of the ODM supporters was allegedly shot dead by Aisha during the Party’s agents training. Aisha was later arrested in a dramatic hide and seek with the police and charged at a Mombasa court.
Through her emissary, Aisha assured Babu of her full support and that of her colleagues in Tangatanga. “It is quite absurd for the ODM party to always desert its most gallant soldiers in the trying times. Babu you will over come, I was once there and I walked through. William Ruto was also there and he over came, its just a matter of time, tulia babangu, mimi mamako nimeskia kilio chako na nitasimama na wewe daima”. She said.
Aisha has also asked Babu to pull away from the BBI as it doesn’t suit a son of a peasant like him. “My dear, wachana na hiyo BBI ona sasa watu wanaenda kuchora Western na wewe emewachwa ulale kwa baridi kwa seli”.
It is not sure if Babu accepted the olive branch, but just as they say that, a drowning man clutches at a straw, only time will tell.
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