Western Regional Police Commander Peris Muthoni told Capital News that Barasa turned himself in around 10:30am on Friday at the Bungoma Police Stations.
The just re-elected fugitive murder suspect, Kimilili Member of Parliament (MP) Didimus Barasa has today morning surrendered at Bungoma Police Station after three days on the run following the fatal shooting of his opponent’s personal assistant Brian Olunga on Tuesday evening.
Western Regional Police Commander Peris Muthoni has confirmed that the wanted MP turned himself in around 10:30am today at the Bungoma Police Station.
He is currently undergoing pre-charge processing including finger print taking and recording statement ahead of his arraignment on Monday next week.
The Informer established that police are hesitant of releasing him on police bond due to the weighty nature of murder crime he has been implicated in and given that he was on the run and thus regarded as a flight risk.
“We have him in our custody. We are recording the statements now and after that prepare to take him to court on Monday. Muthoni Said.
Barasa defied the six hours’ surrender ultimatum issued to him by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Western region police commander.
Yesterday, a special team drawn from Homicides Unit the elite Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau was dispatched from Mazingira Complex to track down Barasa who was believed to have ran away to the neighbouring Uganda.
“Hon Barasa is wanted for the cold-blooded murder of Brian, whom he shot on the forehead killing him on the spot, on Tuesday, August 8, at Chebukwabi in Kimilili, Bungoma county,” the DCI said in a statement.
The agency warned that stern action will be taken against any persona found to be harboring the Kimilili MP.
On Wednesday, police said they were yet to close in on the legislator who went into hiding after the incident.
Bungoma Police Commander Francis Kooli said the Kimilili lawmaker did not pick up their calls and later switched off his phone.
According to a police report, the incident occurred when Brian Khaemba, who was seeking to unseat the legislator, went to the Chebukwabi polling station at around 6pm to witness the counting of the votes.
“We tried to call him several times, but his phone went unanswered, and he later switched it off. I can confirm that we have not arrested MP Barasa,” stated Kooli.
The police report went on to state that “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 to death.”
It indicated that the aide was rushed to the Kimilili Sub-County hospital where he succumbed while undergoing treatment.