Embakasi East MP Babu Owino has hit out at the media following reports that the bill of DJ evolve, formally known as Felix Orinda, had ballooned and was stressing out his family.
Through a letter issued on his behalf by his lawyers, Okatch and Partners Advocates, the lawmaker refuted that he had abandoned the family disclosing that he had constantly made his bail payments to the court.
The legislator further hit out at NTV claiming that their reporting on the issue was lopsided and did not follow due diligence to ensure that both sides of the case were properly represented.
"The news item published by yourselves on February 20, 2020, with regards to this matter has elicited a lot of concern and emotions from the public. The said story, as ran by your television station, was not accurate, truthful and indeed at no given point was our client or the honourable courts consulted.Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino in court on January 27, 2020.The Standard
"If indeed our clients and the honourable courts were consulted, then it would have been easy to establish for a fact that our client has, up to date, paid a total of Ksh5 million which principally is channeled towards the treatment of the victim," read the statement in part.
The statement further explained that as much as the bail money was aimed at settling the DJ's hospital bill, Owino had been directed to make the deposits to the bank.
"Unfortunately, the court orders indicated that these monies were to be paid directly to the honourable courts which would then facilitate the release of funds, on a monthly basis to Nairobi Hospital where the victim is hospitalised.
"This essentially means that our client has no control of the funds once he has deposited the same from the courts," continued the statement.
"The long and short of this is that both our client and the honourable courts has already given assurance as to the medical issues of the victim and it should be the last thing that the victim and the family should be made worrying at this particular point," added the advocates.
NTV and other outlets had reported that Orinda’s hospital bill had increased and had already hit Ksh 7.5 million.
Orinda's father stated that the bill was already growing at an alarming rate and the family had no capacity to cover it despite putting up all efforts.
The father also indicated that the hospital had already started the process of pushing them to start clearing the heavy bill.
“We have been receiving calls from the hospital asking us to settle the medical bill. We can’t raise the needed Ksh7.5 million even if we were to sell a majority of our property,” remarked the father.Letter by Babu Owino's lawyers dated February 21, 2020, addressing the contentious issue of DJ Evolves upaid hospital billFile
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