Nairobians could be headed to the polls very soon to elect a new Governor following Nairobi’s County Assembly impeachment of Mike Mbuvi alias Sonko, with the Senate being touted to uphold the decision.
In the case that were to happen, Paul Ongili alias Babu Owino would make a strong candidate for Nairobi’s top seat for the following reasons:
1. BABU OWINO BEING YOUNG , RESONATES WITH NAIROBI’S MOSTLY YOUTHFUL POPULATION
Babu Owino is one of the youngest serving members of Parliament at the age of 31. This alone is reason enough for majority of young people to identify with him, as the Kenyan Legislature has a handful of millennials in contrast to members from older generations. As such , he can speak the language of the Youth , sharing similar sentiments of their worldview as he is a part of that generation.
2. BABU OWINO IS EDUCATED, CHARISMATIC AND WELL SPOKEN
The actuary pursuing a law degree has been known to confuse some of his colleagues when he is at the floor of the house , deploying vocabularies and oratory techniques to emphasize his arguments. Babu is also a rabble rouser , having a seemingly innate gift of gab . Remember TIBIM! TIALALA! All these are phrases that he coined in the previous election that have gone on to be part of Kenya’s pop culture.
3. BABU OWINO IS KNOWN FOR TAKING A STAND
From his days at SONU, Babu Owino has never shied away from a fight. Whether it was with the government for delaying HELB disbursements or the threat of increasing the fee , to oppressive policies from the University , Babu has always fought for what he beleives in. As such Babu would make a great ally in the fight against Corruption and the powerful cartels at City Hall that have been feared for being untouchable.
4. BABU OWINO’S HAS A STRONG RECORD ON DEVELOPMENT
It is an open secret that Embakasi area has had the worst roads in Nairobi for many years. However , since being elected ,Babu Owino has advocated successfully for construction of many roads even though this is just his first term as MP . He has also given bursaries to needy students using CDF and supported many youth groups , including Embakasi’s GOTTA CITY which is a Nairobi based Art Community that is nurturing the talents of the Youth.
5.BABU OWINO HAS BEEN A FERVENT SUPPORTER OF THE HANDSHAKE
Babu Owino ,having been one of the fiercest critics of the President pre handshake has shown maturity in the philosophy of the greater good of one’s country that is anchored in the Handshake. As such , he is qualified to lead the great city of Nairobi which is Kenya’s cultural melting pot. Owino has demonstrated that he is a patriot above all else, even before his political persuasion.