In Summary
  • Earlier in the day, sporadic protests broke out in Kiambu County, after angry residents took to the streets to demand the arrest of Mr Owino.
  • Though the MP did not mention names, leaders both in Jubilee and Nasa believe the remarks, which he made at a Nasa rally at Kawangware, Nairobi on Sunday were directed the president.

Embakasi East MP Paul Ongili, popularly known as Babu Owino, has been arrested by police officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

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

Nairobi County Police Commander Japhet Koome confirmed the arrest, but did not give further details concerning reasons for his arrest and where he was being held.

DEROGATORY REMARKS

His arrest comes a day after the legislator made derogatory remarks allegedly targeting President Uhuru Kenyatta during an opposition rally in Kawangware, Nairobi on Sunday.

The remarks angered several Kenyans online who asked the police to arrest him for hate remarks against the Presidency.

Mr Owino had earlier in the day, in a Facebook Post denied referring to the President in the remarks he made.

He said, “I will not apologise 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.”

PROTESTS

Earlier in the day, sporadic protests broke out in Kiambu County, after angry residents took to the streets to demand the arrest of Mr Owino.

The placard and twig waving-protesters, who barricaded the Kiambu Town’s main road for hours using stones and a huge bonfire said the Orange Democratic Party lawmaker remarks were an insult to Mr Kenyatta and former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta.

Similar protests were witnessed in Githurai where police used teargas to disperse an angry mob which had barricaded the busy Thika Super Highway, in Ruiru Town where a bonfire was lit by residents, who were chanting anti-Owino slogans and at Thindigua along Kiambu Road where the protesters used stones.

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