Embakasi East Member of Parliament, Babu Owino, has addressed an incident where he took crutches belonging to his nominated counterpart David Ole Sankok and hid them.
In a post on his social media account, Owino explained that the emotions in the House were running high and he was concerned that the crutches would have been used as weapons by aggrieved members.
Babu Owino claimed that MPs allied to Deputy President William Ruto were emotional during the debate on the controversial Political Parties (Amendment) Bill 2021 and he was concerned that Sankok’s crutches might be used as weapons.
According to the lawmaker, his only alternative was to take the crutches and hide them to avoid a situation where members would be hurt as temperatures in the House were rising.
Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino in court on January 27, 2020.
“Tanga Tanga MPs were debating with emotions. They could have used Hon. Sankok crutches as a weapon to unleash violence on us, I saw it prudent to hide them until they cool down,” the Embakasi East MP stated.
Babu was criticized by Deputy Speaker, Moses Cheboi, who was forced to halt Parliamentary proceedings after the crutches went missing.
The Deputy Speaker asked the Sergeant at Arms to find Sankok’s crutches after the lawmaker alerted him when he failed to find them.
Cheboi questioned Sankok for not reporting that his crutches were missing on time. It later emerged that they had been hidden by Embakasi East MP, Babu Owino.
“The matter raised by Hon Sankok is very serious… What is surprising is that Hon Sankok you are seated there all the time. If you have lost your crutches, you should obviously have the person in mind who has taken your crutches,” Cheboi stated.
The Deputy Speaker called out Babu Owino for hiding the crutches and asked him to hand them over immediately as part of the National Assembly asked the speaker to punish the lawmaker.
He was ordered to hand them over and directed to apologize to the House for stalling an important sitting.
Former nominated Senator, Isaac Mwaura, also weighed in on the incident and accused the Embakasi East Member of Parliament of mocking leaders and persons living with disabilities for their conditions.
Mwaura opined that Babu’s actions were a mockery of people living with disabilities.
Kiambu politician Isaac Mwaura addressing a congregation at All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi