Didmus Barasa, the newly elected member of parliament for Kimilili, has rejected accusations that he escaped to Uganda after killing the campaign assistant of his rival there on election day.
Barasa claimed to be in Nairobi even as police launched a manhunt for him in a press conference after turning himself in at Bungoma Police Station.
In addition, Barasa asserted that he escaped an attempted murder on August 7, the day on which he is charged with killing his opponent’s aide after a dispute.
He contends that one of his bodyguards is recovering in a hospital he didn’t name after being attacked on that particular day.
“I traveled to Nairobi so the court could set up anticipation bail. I drove all the way from Nairobi after seeing on television that a regional police commander wanted me to turn myself up.
The same night I survived an assassination attempt, “on Sunday night, my private bodyguard was attacked violently and he was in a coma for three days and he was on life care,” Barasa stated.
The MP-elect, who was deemed the polling place victor, declared that he was prepared to assist the authorities in their ongoing probe.
He said that after Kimilili Returning Officer George Omondi insisted that Barasa physically appear at the tallying center, he had not authorized anyone in writing to pick up his certificate.
The police have been instructed to take the incoming UDA MP into custody by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji.