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Barasa surrenders to police, willing to cooperate

Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa has pledged to cooperate with the police as they investigate the murder of an aide to his political rival Brian Khaemba who was shot dead at a polling station on Election Day.

Barasa who showed up at Bungoma police station on Friday, is alleged to have pulled the trigger that ended the life of the deceased.

He, however asked the police to carry out forensic investigations to identify the real killer.

“I am very prepared to cooperate with the police both from my Kimilili constituency and here at Bungoma police headquarters to ensure that the public is well informed concerning the brutal murder, I did not personally take part in the killing,” Barasa said.

Addressing the media at Bungoma police station, Barasa revealed that on Sunday last week, his private aide was attacked and injured by unknown people and is currently receiving medication at Life Care hospital in Bungoma town.

“On Sunday before we went into voting, I survived an assassination attempt, I want investigations done and know what really happened,” he said.

He said that his assassination attempt case is before the police in Kimilili.

Barasa denied having gone into hiding after the shooting news viral on social media platforms. He clarified that he moved to Nairobi to the High Court to record a statement.

“I did not disappear, I just moved to Nairobi to record a statement at the High Court after the news broke in the media that I was involved in the shooting incident,” Barasa added.

However, Barasa noted that he feared for his life and fled for his safety as the police had put in the media that I am a wanted person.

Bungoma County Commander, Francis Kooli lauded the public for supporting the police investigating agencies to locate the lawmaker.

“I want to thank members of the public for having helped us locate MP Barasa after he went missing,” Kooli said.

Kooli said that the MP is expected to record a statement at Bungoma police station like any other Kenyan.

“First I want to commend MP Barasa for having been elected by Kimilili constituents as the MP, he is going to record a statement at the police station as the police launch investigations into the matter,” Kooli said.

Kooli said that the MP presented himself at Bungoma police station on Friday morning. Bungoma County Commissioner Samuel Kimiti said that the law will take its course.

By Roseland Lumwamu

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