Babu Owino is a Kenya politician who came in the limelight through his fierce participation in student politics. He was SONU chairman for four terms at the University of Nairobi.
Babu Owino’s real name is Paul Ongili Owino. He was born on 10th October, 1989, meaning that he is 33 years old at the time of publishing this article. He was born and raised in Nyalenda in Kisumu County, per Pulse Live.
Babu Owino education background
Babu Owino attended Kisumu Township Primary School from 1995 to 2002. He proceeded to Kisumu Boys Secondary School from 2003 to 2006. He scored an A- (78 points).
Egerton University invited him to student a Business Management degree but he declined it because it was not his passion. Instead, he joined the University of Nairobi in 2008 to pursue actuarial science. He graduated in 2012 with a First Class Honors. in 2013, Babu Owino went back to the same university to pursue a degree in law and completed it in 2017.
He is considered by some as the most educated politicians in the country. Babu Owino has revealed that he helped his mother sell changáa in order to raise school fees.
Babu Owino education profile boasts:
- 2 Bachelor’s Degrees
- 1 Master’s Degree
- Six Diplomas in Pure Maths, Mechanics, Law, Accounting, Chemistry, and Statistics. Babu Owino acquired these diplomas after a scholarship to further his studies through Cambridge systems, where he pursed A levels and graduated with the diplomas.
Babu Owino family, wife, and children
Babu Owino is married to Fridah Muthoni Owino. As his wife, she has bore him two children.
Not much is known about Babu Owino’s father because he passed on when he was young. Babu grew up with his mother. He has two other siblings.
Babu Owino political career
Babu Owino has always been a leader throughout his life, serving as a head boy at primary school, prefect in high school and students head at Millenium Academy. He also became SONU chairman in 2011.
He first joined national politics in 2012 when he contested for Westlands Member of Parliament. He failed to make it past the nomination stage. He went back to UoN and became the SONU Chairman for three years, laying the perfect foundation for his resounding victory as MP for Embakasi East Constituency in 2017. He resigned as SONU chairman.
Controversies linked to Babu Owino
Babu Owino is a controversial person. The most common is his gun incidence in a popular entertainment join in Nairobi where he allegedly shot at DJ Evolve. CCTV surveillance cameras have also shown him shooting the DJ. He was arrested for the crime but was released.
He has also been linked to numerous assault cases, hate speech, threats, and insults. In September 2017, Babu Owino was arrested for insulting the then President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta. He was arrested and charged with hate speech. Several reports, per Nairobi News, Kenyans, and K24 TV) have also indicated that Babu Owino has called to intimidate and threaten journalists.
According to Citizen Digital, the controversial Babu Owino was arrested by Flying Squad officers outside Parliament buildings for allegedly assaulting a parking attendant in Westlands.
Babu Owino net worth
Babu Owino has not declared his net worth publicly. However, it is in the public domain that he is one of the richest young politicians in Kenya. As an MP, he takes home a salary of more than Kes 710,000.