The Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) now says witnesses in the case where Kimilili Member of Parliament (MP) Didmus Barasa is accused of shooting dead an aide of his political rival are afraid of testifying.
The MP-elect appeared before a Bungoma court where the prosecution sought more time to allow witnesses to record statements to assist police to finalise investigations into the incident that occurred on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.
The prosecution further requested that the MP is held in custody to allow it to engage the Witness Protection Agency (WPA)
“Prosecution asked for more time to allow more witnesses, including NYS & IEBC officials who were present at Chebukwabi Polling Station, to record statements,” ODPP stated.
"The detectives also need time to complete and present ballistic and postmortem reports,"
Barasa accused of murder
Barasa is alleged to have shot and killed Brian Olunga, an aide to one of his opponents after a disagreement at Chebukwani Polling Station, before going into hiding.
According to a police report seen by K24 Digital, Khaemba is said to have argued with Barasa at the Chebukwabi polling station where he (Khaemba) had gone to witness vote counting.
"Upon entering the said polling station, he met Hon. Didmus Barasa is the incumbent MP for Kimilili constituency.
"After about three minutes, Mr. Brian Khaemba decided to leave the station and headed to his car where Hon. Didmus Barasa followed him in the company of four men and ordered them not to allow him (Mr. Brian Khaemba) to leave the place but Mr Khaemba's driver Joshua Nasokho defied the order and ignited the vehicle," the report read in part.