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Babu Owino causes drama at NASA press briefing

Embakasi East Member of Parliament-elect Babu Owino, born Paul Ongili, caused drama at a National Super Alliance (NASA) press briefing, which was held at the ABC Place in Westlands, Nairobi on Friday, August 11.

Babu Owino forcefully addressed the media, despite the conference being called by Suba South Member of Parliament-elect John Mbadi.

Organisers of the conference were seen attempting to talk to Babu Owino to get off the dais, but he refused to heed to their call.

When the organizers attempted to forcefully take Babu Owino off the dais, Owino stood his ground and forcefully went ahead to address the media.

According to sources privy to the ODM press conference, Babu Owino forcefully addressed the media without making appropriate consultations with Mbadi and team.

“The Mbadi-led team feared Owino could make inflammatory comments, which could put NASA in a tight spot,” said the source, present during the NASA press conference.

“Owino also categorically stated he wanted to make his private address without Mbadi and team.”

Owino alleged that Raila Odinga’s “victory” against President Uhuru Kenyatta was snatched by government machineries, who “rigged the presidential election”.

ODM’s Babu Owino got 46, 181 votes against Jubilee Party’s Francis Mureithi, who garnered 42, 102 votes in the race for Embakasi East, according to the IEBC website.

In his address, Mbadi claimed the presidential race was rigged in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta, a position held by NASA candidate Raila Odinga.

With 99.12 per cent of results from polling centers tallied – as at 1:50 pm –, Uhuru had garnered 8,176,798 votes (54.25 per cent) compared to Odinga’s 6,765,212 (44.86 per cent).

On Thursday (August 10), Odinga made an allegation against the IEBC, saying the ICT system of the Commission was hacked to skew figures in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The IEBC, through its Chair, Wafula Chebukati, and CEO, Ezra Chiloba, however denied Odinga’s claims, saying there were attempts to hack into the IEBC’s ICT system, but the unknown hackers’ efforts were unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, international observers, led by former United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, gave the IEBC a clean bill of health, saying that the electoral referee was fair in its conduction of the entire process.

 

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