The Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) on Tuesday revealed why the prosecution of Embakasi East Member of Parliament Paul Ongili alias Babu Owino for shooting DJ Evolve has delayed.
According to the National Prosecution Authority established by the Constitution to independently exercise State powers of prosecution, the case of the MP, who shot Felix Orinda alias DJ Evolve at B club in Kilimani has been slowed down due to the inability of the victim to record a statement.
“Prosecution of Embakasi MP Paul Ongili Babu Owino over the attempted murder of DJ Evolve has been slowed down by the inability of the victim to record a statement following the shooting which affected his speech,” said the ODPP, explaining why it was not possible.
“After the incident, the investigating officer diligently followed up on the case, to record DJ Evolve’s statement but found him in pain and overwhelmed. Due to the extraneous process that is taking a statement, it was unwise to take his statement at that point” they said.
Prosecution of Embakasi MP Paul Ongili Babu Owino over attempted murder of DJ Evolve has been slowed down by the inability of the victim to record a statement following the shooting which affected his speech.#Murder_ODPP
— ODPP_KE (@ODPP_KE) June 30, 2020
They have however noted that they are happy with the progress DJ Evolve is making to recuperate, which will now enable them to record a statement with him.
“The investigating officer was advised to wait for DJ Evolve’s condition to improve. We are happy at the progress that DJ Evolve has made and will use this opportunity to record a statement as soon as possible” said ODPP.
The explanation by the ODPP came amidst public uproar on the delayed justice for DJ Evolve, who had on Monday, featured on NTV.
In the interview, a barely audible DJ Evolve intimated that though his health has improved since the shooting incident in January, he has been rendered immobile.
“I have needed medication to help me sleep, I have had flashbacks from that day and it is traumatizing,” he said.
“I cannot be able to move my hands past unfolding my fingers, so when I do not have them, I cannot do much as they were my tools of trade, I cannot work,” DJ Evolve added.
The interview caused outrage that netizens took to their social media platforms to vouch for an online petition which will seek the ouster of Babu Owino from the Embakasi East parliamentary seat.
As of the time of publication, the online petition had collected over 76,000 signatures.
Court of Justice of Kenya: Justice for Felix Orinda/ Dj Evolve – Sign the Petition! https://t.co/03rQ1Fy7uq
— Patricia Kihoro (@Misskihoro) June 30, 2020