In a story by K24 Digital, by Thursday, February 20, Orinda’s hospital bill had increased and had already hit Ksh 7.5 million.
According to the publication, Orinda’s parents are in the dark on who would settle the exorbitant hospital bill despite an existing directive by the courts compelling Babu Owino to foot the expenses.
Embakasi East MP Babu Owino peruses court documents in the company of his lawyer Cliff Ombeta when he appeared before the Millimani Law Courts on January 27
Orinda’s father stated that the bill was already growing at an alarming rate and the family had no capacity to cover it despite putting up all efforts.
The father also indicated that the hospital had already started the process of pushing them to start clearing the heavy bill.
“We have been receiving calls from the hospital asking us to settle the medical bill. We can’t raise the needed Ksh7.5 million even if we were to sell a majority of our property,” remarked the father.
The father also stated that the medical bill could even go way higher since Orinda was still in critical condition and remained admitted at the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU).
“He is unable to speak, and doctors are feeding him through tubes,”
A copy of the bill obtained from the hospital as of Wednesday, February 19, indicated that the doctors’ fees amounted to Ksh1.66 million while pharmacy charges amounted to Ksh1.34 million.
The nursing department charges rose to Ksh913 million as physiotherapy, surgical consumables and medical gases charges rose up to Ksh493,000, Ksh265,000 and Ksh240,000 respectively.
On January 27, Babu Owino was ordered by the courts in a ruling to commit Ksh10 million that would be used partially in settling the bill for Orinda’s treatment.
The unprecedented ruling also ordered that the Ksh10 million was to be paid in installments across four months.
On January 28, the controversial Embakasi East parliamentarian deposited an initial amount of Ksh2.5 million, which was reportedly directed towards payment of Orinda’s hospital bill that had increased at the time.
On January 30, Babu went, through his lawyers went to court seeking a review of his Ksh10 million cash bail and also sought that the court grants him an alternative bond.
The legislator also stated that he would struggle to meet the remaining installments as directed by the court to meet a total of Ksh10 million.
“I have partially complied with the terms as set out and thus I am out on bail but I know that I thus would also appreciate an and above a reduction of the amounts stated being Ksh.10,000,000 million,”reads court papers.
Babu also argued that the court seemed to have reached a judgement that as long as one had cases in court, then that became a compelling reason to deny him bail or bond.
Embakasi East MP Babu Owino when he appeared before Milimani Law Court on January 20, 2020