Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa has moved to court seeking anticipatory bail pending his arrest in relation to a shooting incident that saw his main rival’s aide shot dead. 

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Barasa’s version of events

In court papers filed at the High Court in Milimani, Nairobi, he says the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has not fully investigated the matter. 

Additionally, he alleges that the victim, Mr Brian Olunga, was part of a hit squad deployed from Nairobi and was killed by a stray bullet.

“According to a reliable source, the deceased was part of a hit squad that was deployed from Nairobi and was in fact killed by a stray bullet due to wrangles with his confidants. Mr Barasa has been branded a murderer without due process being followed thus prejudicing his right to fair trial…hence the need for the court to grant him bail pending arrest,” his lawyer Dr John Khaminwa said. He also wants his client’s application certified as urgent. 

Arguing that no thorough investigations have been carried out by the DCI, Dr Khaminwa argued that false information about the MP has been circulated and that this has affected his safety.

“No preliminary investigations have been undertaken but he has been branded as the perpetrator. Due to the negative publicity, he is wary of his safety and hence the need for the court to grant him bail pending arrest. He is fearful that if he is not granted bail, his security will be at risk,” he said.


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