Embakasi East MP Babu Owino isn’t a man who minces his words. His off the cuff manner has gotten him as many admirers as it has haters.
And while some might have thought his shooting incident back in January this year might have made him become a bit more cautious with his statements/actions, that isn’t who Babu is.
No, the person who Babu has in his cross-hairs is the singer Otile Brown. Why? The singer has expressed a desire to vie for political office in the future.
And what is getting Babu’s panties in a wad is Otile’s intention to run in Babu’s home turf of Embaskasi East, the seat he currently holds.
Babu was so incensed by the news that he called out Otile telling him that he was a joker who has cannot make it in politics and urged the Chaguo la moyo hitmaker to stick to singing.
“Can this joker stick to singing. Siasa itafanya upoteze Sauti bure na warembo wanahitaji hiyo Sauti yako nyororo. Slay queens can’t make it in the world of politics”.
While his diss is classic Babu and hilarious to boot, does the politician have a point? Does he have a right to discourage Otile from joining the world of politics? Yes. Why? Let me explain.
Politics is called higher office for a reason. The pressures and challenges one should experience ( and I am talking about the ideal, not the corrupt Kenyan setting) is monumental and is called serving for a reason.
While Otile has every right as a Kenyan citizen to run for office according to our laws which requires;
-Kenyan citizen for at least 10 years before the election
-Not hold dual citizenship.
-Not owe allegiance to a foreign state
-Be a registered voter;
-Be nominated by a Political Party or is an independent candidate.
-Meet the statutory moral and ethical requirements under the Leadership and Integrity Act;
-Not be an undischarged bankrupt;
-Not be a person of unsound mind;
-Not be subject to a sentence of imprisonment of at least six months from the date of registration of candidates or date of elections.
He still has to deal with the challenge from the competition. What Babu did wasn’t illegal, it’s called de-psyching/demoralising an opponent. It might be frowned upon but Babu is within his rights.
The gauntlet has been thrown. What will Otile do? Fight or flight?