Embakasi East MP Babu Owino has not has an easy time convincing netizens that he is the boy next door.
Today, he took a stab at it and posted about his past on his social media.
Babu shared stories of his tough upbringing in Nyalenda slums, Kisumu County.
Referring to the ongoing court case where he is charged with attempted murder of DJ Evolve, Babu wrote,
“Today I have decided to talk to fellow Kenyans heart-to-heart and in the course of my duties I have been engaging you on various platforms on social media and I sense your anger. I sense that some of you are hurt and some are disappointed with me. I am a human being like you.”
Giving a back story of his life, the MP added,
“I grew up in Nyalenda slums and I understand the pains of growing in such an environment where you cannot get daily meals, school fees, and medication.”
“My mother sold chang’aa. She did not sell chang’aa because she wanted to but because she wanted us to go to school and to get the best services. Police harassment was real, and I witnessed them whipping my mother.”
This was the first time he encountered police brutality. Together with his siblings they were all locked up at the Kisumu Central Police Station.
Babu moved on to narrate that he started his journey into alcoholism when he was 8 years old.
“At around eight years, I tasted chang’aa. I did it because it was what everyone was doing around, and it was the normal thing to do. Out of influence, I had to take chang’aa. Since then I have been taking alcohol,” Babu said.
Now, the controversial MP says he is ready to turn his life around.
“I have had my ups and downs. I have my challenges and pasts some of which are dirty. I have reached a turning point and I have decided to make a change. A change that I am proud of, a change that my family is proud of. Being the MP is not the most important thing. The most important thing is to know who I am as a person,” he said.
Babu said that he hasn’t consumed alcohol in a little over half a year.
“It has been six months and nine days since I last drank alcohol, I regularly pray and fellowship with my wife who has a fellowship group and I am looking inwards to be a better person,” Babu said.
“I want to tell Kenyan people that even now I am not perfect and I will take this opportunity to work continually on some of the weaknesses that I have in life and strive to be a better person, strive to be a servant leader who will change lives of my people.”