ODPP: Didmus Barasa Will Remain In Jail For 10 More Days.

The Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) has ruled that Didmis Barasa, the troubled member of parliament for Kimilili, will be held for an additional 10 days to allow for the completion of a murder investigation.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials will be taking testimonies alongside witnesses from the National Youth Service, according to the ODPP, which issued the directive on Tuesday (NYS).

“Kimilili MP, Didmus Barasa, to remain in custody for 10 more days after prosecution made an application for more time to allow detectives complete investigations and allow more witnesses, including NYS and IEBC officials to record statements.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Noordin Haji, will confirm the “state of investigations before deciding to charge,” the ODPP reports, on Wednesday, August 24.

This comes after Barasa was charged with murder in an online hearing on Monday at the Bungoma Law Courts.

On the night of the general election on August 9, he is suspected of killing Brian Olunga, a supporter of Brian Khaemba, his primary challenger in the contest for Kimilili MP.

Khaemba visited the Chebukwabi polling place on election day at around 6 o’clock in the evening to watch the counting of ballots, according to a police report.

However, he ran into Barasa at the polling place, and the two quickly got into a fight, which forced Khaemba to leave the polling place.

While Barasa and four other men followed Khaemba as he made his way to his car, Barasa gave the order to the guys to prevent Khaemba from leaving.

However, it’s said that Khaemba’s driver disobeyed Barasa’s request and lit the car, which prompted the lawmaker to shoot Olunga in the forehead.

The lawmaker remained missing for two days before turning himself in to police on Thursday, and he passed away from his injuries while he was being transported to the hospital.

However, the MP has denied claims that he purposefully fired his gun, killing Olunga in cold blood, and has insisted that even he has difficulty recalling what happened on the day of the incident.

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Written by Esther Oyugi

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