Babu Owino opens up on cocaine, miraa use, and journey to recovery

Babu Owino vows to oppose Raila's appointment
Babu Owino vows to oppose Raila's appointment

Embakasi East Member of Parliament Paul Ongili, also known as Babu Owino, struggled with drug use while storming into politics and winning a seat in the National Assembly.

The young lawmaker admitted to abusing hard liquor, cocaine, and traditional brews in an interview, but he has since stayed sober and is concentrating on his political career and serving his community.

However, Babu tells us that all of that crazy past was only a part of his childhood and that he is now a changed national figure who feels many leaders, including Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja, have failed to improve the lives of his constituents.

According to the MP, he gave up drugs in January 2020. He says that he realized he had reached his breaking point because the lifestyle had become too much for him.

It so happened that he made the choice right after getting embroiled in a gun drama at a Nairobi nightclub.

Owino is one of the most vocal members of the Kenyan parliament after rising through the political ranks.

According to those who support him, Owino is a self-made politician who began his career in the University of Nairobi’s (UoN) halls of power by working for the SONU, the student organization, before venturing into national politics.

However, the second-term MP’s detractors view him as a loose cannon and troublemaker whose previous remarks and actions should disqualify him from public office.

He is both adored and despised for this, which may be a sign of his rising star status in politics.

The MP for the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has defeated his rivals in two elections as he sets himself up for more elective positions.

With 46,587 votes, he was proclaimed the winner of the 2017 General Election. He was re-elected in the 2022 General Election with 57,410 votes, surpassing the total of 29,104 votes cast for Francis Mureithi of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), his nearest rival.

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