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MP Didmus Barasa under scrutiny for fake academic papers

by Enock Ndayala

Kimilili Member of Parliament is on the spot over his title as a retired Captain of the Kenya Defence Forces.

It is suspected that Didmus Barasa could be masquerading as a former employee of the air force, yet he did not work there.

According to his CV in the National Assembly Portfolio, the MP joined the air force in 2001 and served upto 2007.

Kimilili Member of Parliament is on the spot over his title as a retired Captain of the Kenya Defence Forces. Photo: Didmus Barasa/Twitter.

This was just a year after completing his secondary education at Kimilili Secondary School.

However, his portfolio is contradictory as it also indicates that he studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) between 2001-2005.

Did Barasa serve at the air force and at the same time study engineering at JKUAT between 2001 and 2005?

The portfolio available on the parliamentary website also indicates that he attended the University of Queensland, Australia, for a Master’s degree in occupational, Health, Security and Safety Science, where he scored a distinction between 2008 and 2009, the same period, he claims to have been attending a diploma course at the University of Sydney, Australia.

According to his CV in the National Assembly Portfolio, the MP joined the air force in 2001 and served upto 2007. Photo: Didmus Barasa/Twitter.

This CV is now haunting the lawmaker, who is under probe for providing false information to the IEBC during his vetting for the parliamentary position.

DCI is currently conducting investigations on the matter as it alleges that several MPs’ academic qualifications are questionable.

Other than his academia, Didmus Barasa has also been caught up in other fraud cases.

In August 2020, the MP was charged over a Ksh 450,000 car sale fraud.

It is alleged that on March 17, 2017 at Kitengela, Barasa, being the owner of Toyota Hiace KBX 734E took out a loan on the vehicle with intent to defraud without the consent of Uwezo Microfinance Bank, which provided the funds.

After appearing in a Nairobi court, the Kimilili MP was released on a Ksh 50,000 cash bail.

He said that the police officer had harassed him through the process because of his allegiance to DP William Ruto.

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