Havi lays re-election curse on Babu Owino

The LSK boss was hitting back at a social media post that insulted his intelligence

Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President Nelson Havi has declared that Embakasi East MP Babu Owino will not make it back to Parliament in 2022.

Havi’s “You will not be re-elected to Parliament,” declaration – 15 days after giving a moving speech at the Kenya Christian Professionals Forum in Nairobi – was apparently provoked by a comment Mr Owino posted on social media. On September 25, the Embakasi East lawmaker said on his Facebook Timeline: “I spent the better part of my afternoon with senior counsel @Silas Chepkeres Jakakimba at his law firm. Discussed about Chief Justice David Maraga’s advisory, Nelson Havi’s stupidity and education.”

Havi has been championing the Chief Justice’s call for the dissolution of Parliament for failing to meet the one-third gender rule, which has not gone down well with the majority of MPs.

The LSK boss has gone as far as petitioning for the withdrawal of MPs’ security details and perks effective October 12, 2020, when the advisory should have been executed. On the same day he has promised to rally Kenyans to seal off Parliament Buildings so that “defiant former MPs and senators don’t trespass on state property”.

Havi’s response to the Facebook post came one week after he was installed as a Maragoli omwimili (leader) at his Likuyani home in Kakamega County.

Maragoli and Banyore are Luhya sub-tribes believed to have mystical powers that enable them to call down among other things curses, rain and even drought.

Explaining why he uttered the curse, as is the custom of Maragoli traditional leaders, Havi reminded the youthful legislator of times when he (Havi) had got him out of trouble.

“I got you out of trouble with the law twice when you abused President Uhuru Kenyatta and no lawyer wanted to be seen with you. I hereby curse you as the King of Maragoli,” he declared.