Kenyans on Social Media have reacted angrily to a video in which National Unity Platform President Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu aka Bobi is seen supporting a politician accused of attempted murder.
In the video posted on Social Media, Kyagulanyi is seen rallying Kenyans from the Embakasi constituency to re-elect his friend Babu Owino as a Member of parliament.
“I am sending greetings to the people of Kenya and more particularly of Embakasi East where my brother Babu Owino comes from,
I want to remind you that it’s very important to assert your constitutional right. Please register, and make sure you are able to vote and of course when you go out to vote, vote my brother Babu Owino. Let’s do this, let’s assert ourselves,” Bobi Wine said in the video.
Babu Owino, whose real name is Paul Ongili was charged in a Kenyan court in January 2020, after he shot at a popular DJ Felix Odhiambo commonly known as DJ Evolve.
The two had a brawl in a bar that resulted in Owino pulling out a pistol and fired at DJ Evolve. The case is yet to be disposed of as Kenya heads into the 2022 general election.
It’s against this background that Kenyans felt betrayed by Bobi Wine supporting a person accused of attempted murder.
In comments posted on Twitter and Facebook, Kenyans who in the past had expressed support for Bobi Wine said it was a good thing that he actually lost the 2021 presidential election to Yoweri Museveni.
“Museveni was… right, Bobi wine is a scam,” commented a one Nick Cesc, a comedian. “No wonder Museveni assaults you…I thought Bobi was wise only to realise kichwa ni ya kubebea kofia pekee, literally meaning that his head had an empty head,” said a one Sir Phinie.
“A mad man may sometimes speak a true word, but watch him, he will add something that will tell you that his mind is still spoilt. If that is his thinking then Museveni has every reason to silence him,” commented Lameck Bosire.
“How dare one endorse such a fella like Babu? Museveni should work on this guy in the chiboko style he worked on Kizza Kifefe Besigye,” commented Cyrus Osman on Twitter. Another Twitter user, Justus Kemboi asked whether Bobi Wine knew that his friend shot an innocent person who is now fighting for his life.
“He is complaining about Museveni in Uganda but here he wants Kenyans to vote this sharpshooter in 2022,” Kemboi wrote. Another user David Kinoti thanked President Museveni for holding power and not endangering his people by allowing Bobi Wine to win.
“Some Ugandan Social Media tried pushing back claiming that Bobi Wine was just joking