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After being accused of causing serious harm to a local contractor, Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa was released on a Ksh150,000 bond with one surety or Ksh100,000 cash bail.
In front of Judge Gladys Adhiambo of the Kimilili Law courts, the MP disputed the charges leveled against him.
On Monday, September 27th, the case will be heard. Police officials arrested Barasa at his Kimilili residence early Monday, August 2, on assault charges.
The struggle between the legislator and the contractor, Stephen Masinde, began on Friday, July 30 when the contractor allegedly confronted the MP over unpaid invoices of Ksh3.4 million resulting from the construction of five classrooms at Baptist Lurare Primary School in Kimilili.
The contractor is also a musician from Kimilili who goes by the stage name Steve Kay.
According to reports, Barasa arrived at the school on Friday, July 30, to officially inaugurate the freshly constructed classrooms, but the contractor refused to do so until his payment demands were met.
“When we asked the MP to pay us, he said he doesn’t pay contractors in installments and that we should wait,” Masinde explained.
“I shut down the classrooms since they can’t open until I’m paid, and if the kids start using them, the situation would develop, justifying the MP’s unwillingness to pay me.”
Barasa refuted the charges, claiming that he and Masinde had been friends for a long period.
Masinde had pushed his campaigns and charmed audiences during his rallies, according to the MP.