Embakasi East MP Babu Owino was on Saturday, November 30, blasted by a section of Kenyans online for using vulgar words to bash Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen.
While taking to Facebook, Babu was seen to criticise Murkomen’s stance on the Building Bridges Initiative launch at the Bomas of Kenya, but his choice of words did not augur well with most of his followers.
The remarks came after Murkomen launched a ruthless attack on the Embakasi East MP for booing him when delivering his speech at the Bomas event.
The Senate Majority leader had claimed that he had expected heckling from women such as Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga, Babu and Likoni MP Mishi Mboko.
Hon.Shebesh,Hon.Roza Buyu&I are alumni of the first class of Political Leadership Development Program 2003-05 together with Hon.A.Wahome&Hon.Mariro. By heckling their classmate they broke the unwritten rule governing comrades.I don’t mine the other women led by Wanga,Babu&Mishi! pic.twitter.com/qo0ZZUDDnu
— KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) November 29, 2019
However, Kenyans were quick to bash Babu for what was seen as a shameful remark from the young legislator.
One of his followers, Jeff Mahiuha, said, “You’re the reason I believe English is not a measure of intelligence. It’s just a language.”
Another Kenyan, George Amollo, added, “This kind of behaviour should not come from you as a leader sometimes you might be happy and you don’t know who will benefit from this so-called BBI.”
“Shameful from a leader. And you think BBI will unite Kenyans when this is the rubbish you’re posting. We are entitled to our own opinion and we have freedom of speech and expression,” agitated Racheal Muthoni said.
“Mhesh. Regardless of divergent views on the now popular debate on BBI, but I think there is the need to respect each other. There are people who view him as a father and a husband. Therefore, such demeaning words will only leave people more divided than even before which is contrary to the aim of the BBI,” another Facebook user, Gee Major added.
This is not the first time the controversial MP has rubbed Kenyans the wrong way after making seemingly reckless remarks.
In September, Babu was on the receiving end for supposedly equating former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to God.
According to his Instagram post, the young legislator proved his devotion to the former premier with a post that strongly stated, “Disloyalty to Raila is loyalty to Satan.”
He later apologised after several negative remarks from Kenyans.
“I have not equated Raila to God The Almighty but I’m sufficiently and ruthlessly loyal to him. God is my creator and in HIM I trust. God is the creator of heaven and earth and the giver of life,” he said.
In 2017, Babu was arrested over alleged abusive remarks on President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In a clip that was under investigation then, he was heard referring unnamed person as “a son of bitch” (mtoto wa mbwa).
But Owino went to the social media saying he had nothing to apologise about what he said.
“I will not apologize to anyone because I called nobody’s name during my yesterday’s address,” he said then.