The Office of Director of Public Prosecutions has come out to explain the delay of the case of Embakasi MP Paul Ongili alis Babu Owino over attempted murder of Felix Orinda alias DJ Evolve.
The DPP in a Twitter thread on Tuesday said the case has been slowed down by the inability of DJ Evolve to record a statement following the shooting, which affected his speech.
“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,” the ODPP tweeted.
DJ Evolve struggled to narrate to NTV in an exclusive interview of his life after the shooting, which left him bedridden ad his body paralyzed from waist downwards.
The ODPP said 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”.
Babu Owino denied the charge and was released on Sh10 million bond with two sureties of same amount and in the alternative, cash bail of Sh5 million. The ODPP opposed his release on bail/bond.
The chie prosecutor also informed that matter was scheduled for mention on March 20 but was affected by the Covid-19 directions that scaled down court operations.
But former Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Martha Karua queried the rigidity of the procedure.
“Different circumstances call for different strategies. Normally in any case a complainant should record a statement which forms the evidence and basis of prosecution. [But it is] time to speed up. DJ Evolve can be assisted to record his statement now,” Karua responded.