Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa has eventually surrendered himself to the police following allegations that he was involved in the brutal murder of an aide belonging to his opponent Brian Khaemba.
Speaking to journalists outside the Bungoma County police headquarters, Barasa said that he has decided to cooperate with the police in a bid to establish the cause of Brian Olunga’s death. Olunga died as a result of bleeding profusely following a gunshot that hit his forehead with the MP accused of having pulled the trigger.
The incident on Tuesday at Chebukwabi polling station in Kimilili moments after voting had been concluded and the vote counting exercise was underway.
Barasa noted that he has been in Nairobi all this while, thus shutting down claims that he had sought refuge in Uganda after police launched a manhunt for him.
“I went to Nairobi so that the court can give anticipatory bail. When I saw on TV our regional police commander asking me to surrender, I drove all the way from Nairobi to this place and I am ready to cooperate with the police so that I can also know what killed that young man,” Barasa said.
He further revealed details of how he survived an assassination attempt just days before the general elections was held adding that there were lots of guns at the polling station at the time Olunga was shot.
“Before Sunday night around 6pm, my private bodyguard was attacked badly and he was in a coma for three days and he is at Life care. On the same night I survived an assassination attempt a matter which the police are aware because there were gunshots at that place.
“Wherever we were on that voting day there were other people with guns as well including my competitor including the police officer who was manning that particular polling station. We would also be making applications that all firearms that were there, be subjected to forensic investigations. Anyway I would have my day in court,” Barasa said.