On Wednesday morning, 75,000 Kenyans signed a petition on ‘change.org’ to seek justice for Felix Orinda alias DJ Evolve.
Alice O., who created the petition, achieved her target of collecting 75,000 signatures. The goal has now been adjusted upwards to 150,000. Once that target is achieved, the petition will be taken to the Court of Justice of Kenya, the High Court and President Uhuru Kenyatta for them to act.
What the petitioners want
The petitioners want Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino to be charged with attempted murder. They also want the MP to take care of all the costs incurred by DJ Evolve until he fully recovers.
“Babu Owino should be imprisoned for use of a firearm while intoxicated under section 33 of the Fire Arms Act,” part of the petition reads.
The petitioners want Babu’s firearm license to be withdrawn and also barred from holding any public service seat in Kenya. In the end, the petitioners want a full public inquiry to be conducted on Babu and DJ Evolve to get justice.
“By signing this petition, you are saying enough is enough for injustice in Kenya. These are the first steps to eradicate corrupt and unjust leaders, one at a time. Please share widely,” Alice, the author of the petition, says.
What exactly happened
In January this year, a B-Club CCTV footage captured Babu Owino pointing a gun at a man before shooting him. On January 21, 2020, Babu was arraigned in court and charged with attempted murder and behaving in a disorderly manner.
After denying those charges, the MP was released on a Sh5 million cash bail.
“The matter was scheduled for mention in March but was affected by the Covid-19 directions issued by the NCAJ scaling down court operations,” the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji said.
In an exclusive interview aired on NTV on Monday night, DJ Evolve who struggled to speak said that he is now immobile.
“I have needed medication to help me sleep, I have had flashbacks from that day and it is traumatizing. 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 the trade, I cannot work,” a bedridden Dj Evolve said.
Kenyans took to social media to criticize the slow progress of the case. This prompted the DPP to respond to the matter.
Why investigations have slowed down
“According to the IO report, the victim is paralyzed and has a speech impediment making it very challenging to record his statement,” the ODPP tweeted on Tuesday.
However, the ODPP pointed out that due to the progress the DJ has made, a statement from him will be recorded soon.
“We are happy at the progress that DJ Evolve has made and will use this opportunity to record a statement as soon as possible,” the ODPP said.
DJ Evolve was hospitalized for 6 months and is now receiving medical care from home. The bill skyrocketed to Sh17 million but now stands at Sh10 million.
“I saw that Babu has paid Sh7 million, but that was their agreement with the hospital. The bill is on him,” the DJ’s mother told NTV.