Speaker directs Babu Owino to do a “handshake” with Museveni

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Ugandan reportedly banned Babu over links with Bobi Wine

National Assembly Deputy Speaker Moses Cheboi on Thursday directed Embakasi East MP to seek a handshake deal and resolve differences with Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

Cheboi advised Owino to reach out to Museveni in order for the Ugandan government to lift a purported ban that bars the Kenyan MP from setting foot in Uganda.


The Embakasi East MP spoke during debate of a motion seeking the ratification of the East African Community (EAC) by the Kenyan Parliament.

He said that while the motion was good, he would oppose as a sign of protest against Museveni’s order against him.

Mr Speaker, this motion is for the benefit of all the East African communities. Being a person who has been banned from visiting Uganda, how can I benefit? I am against this until my ban is lifted,” the MP said.

The Speaker noted Owino was well within his rights but advised him to reach out to the Ugandan President.


Bobi Wine

You are within your right to oppose the motion for whatever reason. The only thing I will not allow you to do is discuss a President of a friendly nation. Having followed your political career, you are very quick to do handshakes so I don’t think it should be hard for you to go to that level,” Cheboi stated.

The outspoken MP said Museveni had banned him from visiting the neighnoring country over his relationship with Ugandan Opposition politician Robert SSentamu, popularly known as Bobi Wine.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not respond to the allegation that a Kenyan legislator had been declared persona non grata in Uganda.

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