Kimilili Member of Parliament Didmus Barasa was today morning arrested over assault claims on a local musician.
His arrest comes after the contractor, Steve Kay obtained a P3 form, accusing the him of causing him of grievously harming is body.
On Friday, Barasa visited Baptist Lurare Primary School in Kamukuywa ward where he was expected to commission five new classrooms built through National Government Constituency Development Fund.
Kay also known as Stephen Masinde and his colleague Ronald Graham Wafula refused to allow the MP to open classrooms until the constituency owing him Sh3.4 million was settled.
Masinde spent Sh4.4 million upgrading five classrooms at Lurare Primary School in Kamukuywa Town, Kimilili Constituency.
Before handing over the classrooms to the area leadership, he had reportedly received an upfront payment of Sh1 million from the Kimilili CDF coffers and was waiting for Sh3.4 million to be put into his account.
In a viral video, the MP is seen arguing with Masinde before slapping him across the face.
Masinde claimed that, in addition to being slapped, Barasa’s bodyguards inflicted serious bodily harm on him.
He reported Barasa to the Kimilili Police Station accusing him of inflicting head and arm injuries.
“Barasa, as the local MP, requested my construction services. I made certain that the work was completed on time. He and his team, on the other hand, resorted to violence when it came to paying me. It is my right to be paid for the services I provided,” he stated.
Barasa, for his part, said he was merely “alerting” Masinde to “zip up” to avoid the then-obvious “embarrassment.”
“He (Masinde) is a good friend of mine. I was reminding him to close his fly because it was open. It looks he had responded to a brief call of nature but had forgotten to zip up,” Barasa explained.
He is set to be arraigned today.