Embakasi East MP Babu Owino has responded over concerns on the rising medical bill of his shooting victim, DJ Evolve, at the Nairobi Hospital.
As of Thursday last week, DJ Evolve’s bill stood at nearly Sh7 million, according to the document shared by the victim’s family.
DJ Evolve, whose real name is Felix Orinda, was hospitalised after being allegedly shot in the neck by MP Babu Owino at a Nairobi club.
Now Babu says he has been keeping his end of the bargain by transferring funds for the payment of the medical bill as ordered by the courts.
“If indeed our client or the Honorable 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 Sh5,000,000 which principally is channeled towards treatment of the victim,” said the MP’s lawyers in a letter dated Friday, February 21, 2020.
Further, the MP’s lawyer said the funds cannot be paid directly to the hospital since the court directed the funds to be channeled through the Judiciary.
“This essentially means that our client has no control of the funds once he has deposited the same in court. It is instructive to note that our client voluntarily, and without any coercion or court orders, paid an initial sum of Sh600,000 and has openly undertaken to cater fully for the medical expenses of the victim until the victim fully recovers,” said Mr. Owino.
Owino, on January 28, deposited an initial amount of Ksh2.5 million, which is said to have gone towards offsetting Orinda’s medical bill that had accrued at the time.
Following the MP’s January 30 application seeking to have the Ksh10 million cash bail slapped on him lowered.
A copy of the bill shared with K24 Digital on Wednesday, February 19, showed that the doctors’ fees, pharmacy charges and the nursing department gobbled up a huge chunk of the expenses with each accounting for Ksh1.66 million, Ksh1.34 million and Ksh900, 000 respectively. The bill as of the date stated stood at Ksh6.9 million.