Manhunt For Didmus Barasa Over Killing of Opponent's Aide

Kimilili MP Didmus Baraza.
Kimilili MP Didmus Baraza.

Update: 11:12 pm: Bungoma County Commissioner Samuel Kimiti appealed to the MP to surrender and also hand over his firearm.

The county commissioner stated that the police have been ordered to hunt for the MP.

"It was very unfortunate and I want to pass my condolences to the family of the late Brian. He died not because of anything he had done but because of the mistake of a leader," he stated.

Police have launched a manhunt for Kimilili Member of Parliament Didmus Barasa for allegedly shooting his opponent's aide.

Speaking to the press, Bungoma County Commissioner Samuel Kimiti stated that the lawmaker was involved in a shooting incident that left one person dead.

A police report indicated that trouble started when DAP-Kenya party candidate Brian Khaemba visited the Chebukwabi polling station to witness the counting of votes.

Undated image of Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa

He arrived at the polling station with his aide and driver and when he entered the polling station, he met the the incumbent MP for the Kimilili constituency. 

After monitoring the exercise Khaemba is said to have opted to leave the station but police claimed that Barasa followed him in the company of 4 unidentified men and ordered Khaemba and his team not to leave.

However, Khaemba's driver Joshua Nasokho defied the order and started the engine and as he was about to exit the polling station, the MP allegedly opened fire and shot Khaemba's aide Brian Olunga.

"Hon. Didmus Barasa withdrew a pistol and aimed at Mr Khaemba's aide namely Brian Olunga and shot him on the forehead where profusely bled," the police report read.

Olunga was rushed to Kimilili sub-county hospital where he succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment. 

Kimiti called upon members of the public to provide any information that will lead to the arrest of the Member of Parliament.

"We want him to surrender to police wherever he is and if any member of the public spots him let them alert police," he stated. 

The incident comes barely hours after Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko and the outgoing Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho, were involved in an altercation that almost turned physical. 

Sonko engaged in a heated exchange with Joho and ODM's Abdulswamad Nassir before police officers intervened. Onlookers milled around the scene of the incident to catch a glimpse of the scuffle pitting the trio.

In a separate incident today Nakuru East MP David Gikaria was arrested for allegedly fighting an opponent's supporters during the ongoing General Election. 

Nakuru County Police Commander Peter Mwanzo confirmed the arrest and said the MP assaulted and injured a voter at a polling station in his constituency.

Mwanzo stated that the voter was nursing injuries in hospital.

Kasarani Officer Commanding Police Division (OCPD) Peter Mwanzo
Nakuru Police Commander Peter Mwanzo.
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