Babu Owino stirs Parliament as he swears allegiance to Raila, says ‘Tibim’
Newly elected Embakasi East MP Babu Owina on Thursday caused laughter in Parliament when took oath paying allegiance to opposition leader Raila Odinga.
The former Students Organisation of Nairobi University (SONU) chairman is a close ally of Raila and was part of the team that tirelessly campaigned for the former prime minister in the run up to the August 8 general election.
Babu took to the stage to take oath only to stir the Parliamentary swearing-in ceremony when he said as he swore: “I, Babu Owino, having been elected a member of the National Assembly do swear in the name of the Almighty God that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the people of the republic of Kenya and Raila Amollo Odinga that…,” before MPs burst into laughter.
The development forced Parliament Clerk Michael Sialai to halt his swearing-in and ordered the youthful lawmaker to repeat the exercise.
“The Constitution says it (oath) should be taken in the form that is prescribed,” Sialai said.
“I am asking you to start again and this time round you do it in a proper manner.”
Babu, however, successfully repeated the exercise but could not withhold his ‘Tibim’ trademark.
“…so help me God, Tibim,” he concluded as lawmakers burst into laughter again.