Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa is back in the headlines after he was captured on video slapping a contractor allegedly over Ksh3.4 million payment.
In the clip that surfaced online on Friday, July 30, the lawmaker, in his signature red hat, is seen slapping the contractor identified as Stephen Masinde as the crowd looked on.
It all began after Barasa arrived at Baptist Lurare Primary School in Kimilili constituency to launch five classes that had been constructed by the National Government Constituency Development Fund.
The lawmaker found the classes closed with the contractor claiming that he was yet to be paid for the project.Undated image of Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa
The contractor argued that since his team completed the project, the MP has been dodgy when it comes to payment and they wanted all their dues settled first before the school could be launched.
“When we asked the MP to pay us he says that he does not pay contractors half of their money but he pays them full and he will do so and we shouldn’t be worried.
"I have closed this classes because they cannot begin to operate without me being paid as they will be spoiled by children and he might end up refusing to pay me completely," stated the contractor according to Citizen TV.
Our attempts to reach the lawmaker for comment on the issue were futile since our calls and text messages went unanswered.
The headteacher of the school told the broadcaster that the institution was grateful with the contractor's work since its infrastructure had previously been dilapidated.
The school was founded in 1973.
In recent weeks, the contractor has launched numerous school projects some funded by the national government while others sponsored by the Constituency Development Fund.
On Friday, He launched eight classrooms at Kamkuywa F.Y.M Primary School. The previous day, the lawmaker had overseen the launch of 15 classrooms at St. Aquinas Kitayi Primary School.
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