Police police in Bungoma County have launched a hunt for Didmus Barasa, the member of parliament for Kimilili, after he allegedly shot the aide of his opponent, Brian Khaemba.
Mr. Khaemba, who was running against Mr. Barasa for the Kimilili MP seat on a Democratic Action Party of Kenya (DAP-K) ticket, reportedly went to the Chebukwabi polling station at approximately 6:00 p.m. to observe the vote counting.
However, upon encountering the incumbent lawmaker at the polling site, he opted to leave few minutes after his arrival.
Bungoma County Commissioner Samuel Kimiti told the press immediately after at the Kimilili police station that they are looking for the legislator.
“We want him to surrender to police wherever he is. If any member of the public spots him, let them alert the police,” he said.
According to a police report, Mr. Khaemba was on his way to his car when he was ambushed, “Didmus Barasa followed him in company of four men and ordered them not to allow him (Mr. Brian Khaemba) to leave…”
Joshua Nasokho, the aspiring MP’s driver, is said to have disregarded Barasa’s order and started the vehicle.
“Didmus Barasa withdrew a pistol and aimed at Mr Khaemba’s aide namely Brian Olunga and shot him on the forehead where he profusely bled,” read the police report.
“He was rushed to Kimilili Sub-County Hospital where he succumbed while undergoing treatment. Scene visited by the police accompanied by Scenes of Crime Personnel from Bungoma County, where the scene was processed and documented.”
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