– The MP has been battling to secure freedom from a case where he’s facing attempted murder charges.
– He pleaded with the court that the earlier set bail amount was too high and that he would experience struggles raising it.
– Justice Kimaru further lifted the order compelling the MP to clear DJ Evolve’s hospital bill.
The High Court has granted Embakasi East Member of Parliament Paul Ongili alias Babu Owino’s plea to have his bail terms reviewed downwards from Sh10 million to Sh5 million. In his submission, the vocal MP had explained to court that the set amount was too high and that he would encounter difficulties raising it.
“I have partially complied with the terms as set out and thus I am out on bail but I know that I will have to struggle to meet the remaining installments as directed in the terms of bail and thus would also appreciate an alternative of bond over and above a reduction of the amounts stated,” pleaded Babu.
The Sh10 million figure had been set by a lower court in a case where the legislator is accused of attempting to murder a Nairobi club DJ. The injured DJ identified as Felix Odhiambo alias DJ Evolve is fighting for his life in hospital after allegedly being shot by Babu. A CCTV tape has shown a man striking resemblance to the lawmaker firing bullets in a club.
While scaling down the bail amount, Justice Luka Kimaru determined that there were no compelling reasons submitted to deny the appeal. The verdict also worked to contradict a previous ruling in a lower court which had ordered Babu to settle DJ Evolve’s medical bills. Justice Kimaru stated that Babu can only help offset the bill as a moral obligation but not on court order.
“The accused person should continue paying the hospital bill as a moral duty to him, not as a court order…if he fails to pay it is up to him and his court,” stated Justice Kimaru.
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The MP has already deposited Sh4.4 million in obliging to the bail terms, and will now be needed to pay the remaining Sh600,000 to smell the breath of freedom again. The matter is set to be mentioned on March 20, 2020.
The MP also sought to obtain orders restraining the Director of Public Prosecutions from commenting on the case.
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