The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has declared Didmus Barasa the winner after having retained the Kimilili MP seat, while on the run.
According to IEBC, Barasa successfully defended his parliamentary seat scooping 26,861 votes, while his closest rival and Democratic Action Party of Kenya (DAP-K) Candidate Brian Khaemba managed to get 9,497 votes.
The mobilized legislator’s win comes just a day after he allegedly shot dead Khaemba’s bodyguard, who has since been identified as Brian Olunga.
On August 9 the police reported that Khaemba went to the Chebukwabi polling station at around 6 pm to observe the tallying of votes.
He however bumped into Barasa at the polling station and a commotion developed causing a scuffle between the pair, forcing Khaemba to leave the said polling centre.
“Khaemba had left for his vehicle but, Barasa followed him in the company of four men and ordered them not to allow him (Khaemba) to leave…”
“Khaemba’s driver is however said to have defied Barasa’s order and ignited the vehicle, prompting the legislator to shoot Olunga on the forehead.” The report stated.
He succumbed to injuries while being lifted to the hospital. Barasa has reportedly been on the run since.
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Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has since ordered Barasa’s arrest for his role in the incident, with unconfirmed information going around about the whereabouts of the MP-elect, among them that he might have fled to a neighbouring country.