Student Organisation of Nairobi University (SONU) Chairman-cum-Embakasi East MP candidate on Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) ticket, Babu Owino, has, for the first time, unveiled his wife in public.
Babu Owino on Saturday, June 17, attended a sermon at an SDA church in Utawala ward, accompanied by his wife and daughter. The MP hopeful with his family thereafter, participated in a clean-up exercise at Upper Savannah ward.
In an April, 2016 exclusive interview with eDaily, Babu Owino revealed he keeps his family under wraps to “protect them from harsh criticism.”
Babu Owino, a Fourth Year Bachelor of Law student at University of Nairobi, said: “This is my political life and not their political life. I need to respect my family. My family comes first. Whatever I do – even if it is politics, politics is a very dangerous game – and I wouldn’t want to expose my family to anybody because of security matters. And I also need to protect them from unnecessary verbal attack – there is a lot of rumours and propaganda peddled about me. I keep my family protected; I want them to have peace and enjoy life.”
The SONU leader is not new to controversy – and a lot has been alleged about him – claims linking him to goons in university, to allegations of him engaging in illegal drugs business.
Babu vehemently denied those claims.
Do such allegations affect how his family is perceived; does he discuss the drama around his life with his wife?
“Definitely discussion has to be there in a house, and by the end of the day we agree to disagree on these issues. So complaints from my wife have to be there; but not so much because she knows me – she knows the real me. My wife knows that this man makes the right decisions,” Babu said.
And about his primary family – that is, his mother and father?
“My dad passed away when I was in Class Three. My mum is still alive, she is happy. I love my mum so much. She is hardworking, intelligent and beautiful woman who goes for what she wants.”
Babu Owino, the last born in a family of three siblings, graduated from University of Nairobi in 2012 with a First Class honors in Actuarial Science, and enrolled at the same institution for a degree in law in September, 2013.