Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino has opened up about his substance abuse including the use of cocaine before deciding to go sober in 2020.
In an interview with Kenyans.co.ke, the Mp has admitted to a history of using hard liquor, cocaine, and traditional brews but emphasized that he had since turned his life around.
“The moment you are in your youth, you are very energetic, you want to explore and experience the adventure. I don’t regret having been in that life because now it has made me wiser and makes me know it’s not good to be involved in such a lifestyle,” he said.
The MP disclosed that he decided to quit drugs in January 2020. He explained that the intense lifestyle had become overwhelming, leading him to a breaking point.
Babu’s admission comes just weeks after he was involved in an online altercation with Nairobi governor Johnson Sakaja where issues about drug use were raised. The tussle was evoked by a media publication which reported that Sakaja was ranked among the worst-performing Governors.
Babu then commented on the post with claims that all he does in office is embezzling county funds and purchase homes overseas.
“Sakaja is an embarrassment to the People of Nairobi. How can you be ranked last out of 47 Counties? Kazi ni Kuiba pesa Za Nairobi County and buying Houses in America, London and Dubai,” wrote Babu.
“In addition to that he’s increasing taxes to Nairobians. Even dead bodies are now taxed. Nairobi imeisha, Dimples ndio imebaki. Imekataa kuwork.”
Replying in a fiery tone, Sakaja tried to give a breakdown of how the money had been disbursed while also censuring Babu for misrepresenting facts.
“If you removed the white stuff you are stuffing up your nose, you’d realize there’s a difference between bursaries and Ward-based Development Funds (WDF),” wrote Sakaja.
“Bursaries are Ksh.7M per ward (85 wards). (Ksh.2.5M term 1, Ksh.2.5M term 2 and Ksh.2M term 3). Up from Ksh.4.5M. Every ward is getting WDF of Ksh.23 Million for Development not bursaries. Up from Ksh.17M.”