On Tuesday, August 9, Kimilili MP-elect Didmus Barasa allegedly shot and killed Brian Olunga.
Olunga was a bodyguard to Brian Khaemba, who was Barasa’s opponent in the Kimilili parliamentary race in the just-ended General Election.
Barasa who was re-elected on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party later went into exile with authorities suspecting to have crossed over to the neighboring country Uganda.
This prompted the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to direct Barasa to surrender to the nearest police station within six hours.
However, on Friday, August 12, the legislator surrendered to police after three days on the run.
Addressing journalists at Bungoma Police station after surrendering himself, Kimilili MP-elect dismissed claims that he had flown to Uganda.
He stated that he was ready to cooperate with the police as they continue with their investigations on the matter.
“I went to Nairobi so that the court can give anticipatory bail. I am ready to cooperate with the police to know what killed that young man. There were other people with guns, including my competitor,” he said.
Western Regional Police Commander Peris Muthoni confirmed that Barasa turned himself in around 10:30 am on Friday at the Bungoma Police Stations.
“We have found him. We are recording the statements now and after that prepare to take him to court on Monday,” she said.
She said the lawmaker will be presented in court on Monday, August 15, without specifying the court the Kimilili MP will be arraigned before.
According to a police report filed at Kimilili Police Station, an altercation broke out between Brian Olunga and the lawmaker.
Khaemba is said to have argued with Barasa at the Chebukwabi polling station where he (Khaemba) had gone to witness vote counting.
“Upon entering the said polling station, he met Hon. Didmus Barasa the incumbent MP for Kimilili constituency,” police said in a statement.