Controversial South African politician and leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema is coming to Kenya.
This is according to Embakasi East Member of Parliament (MP) Babu Owino who through a lengthy Facebook post today, Friday 3, claimed that Malema is slated to visit Kenya later in the year.
Owino stated that Malema gifted him a red beret from the EFF that he says is a “symbolic token” representing the struggle of freedom ahead of his visit.
“The Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters of South Africa Honorable Julius Malema, my comrade in the Youth For Africa Movement today sent me a precious gift. It is precious because of what it symbolizes. He sent me a red beret from the EFF,” posted Owino.
He added that the beret’s red colour was on itself a symbol of the “the blood that has been shed by patriotic citizens seeking justice, fairness, and freedom”.
“This red beret is the same color of the struggle for freedom in Uganda led by Honorable Bobi Wine and the revolution in Zimbabwe led by Honorable Nelson Chamisa. Red symbolizes the blood that has been shed by patriotic citizens seeking justice, fairness, and freedom in their countries.
“I humbly receive this symbolic token ahead of Hon Malema’s visit to Kenya later in the year as we continue to agitate for youth inclusion in the governance of the continent. I renew my commitment to always speak out in the face of corruption, bad governance, and injustice.”
The Embakasi politician’s relationship with other young, vibrant leaders across the country has not gone unnoticed.
In a letter dated November 8, 2018, Babu Owino was declared persona non grata in Uganda over his association with Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine - the pop star behind the country's ‘people-power revolution’.
Alleged to have been written by Uganda’s minister of internal affairs, Haji Abubakar, and addressed to Kenya's foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma, the letter claimed that Owino was undermining “the legitimately elected government of the Republic of Uganda.”
Bobi Wine’s dance with President Yoweri Museveni’s government hit another sour note earlier this week after he was arrested for staging unlawful protests.
He was freed on bail on Thursday, May 2, after spending two days in jail.