MP Didmus Barasa charged with assault

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Kenyan legislator Didmus Barasa has been charged with assaulting a local contractor following his arrest on Monday morning.

Mr Barasa is accused of inflicting grievous bodily harm to contractor-cum-musician Stephen Masinde, famously known as Steve Kay, on July 30.

The incident took place at Lurare Baptist Primary School in Kimilili constituency, western Kenya. The contractor had gone to demand $34000 owed to him for renovating the school.

Masinde and his co-contractor Ronald Graham Wafula locked the new classrooms that the MP wanted to commission, causing fracas.

In a video that went on social media, the controversial legislator was spotted arguing with Masinde before slapping him on the face.

Appearing before Kimilili Law Courts Resident Magistrate Gladys Adhiambo, Barasa denied the charges and was released on a $1000 cash bail.

Barasa, who spoke to the press after the court session, termed the case as a political witch-hunt. He said the case is spearheaded by the complainant’s lawyer Brian Khaemba, whom he argued wants to succeed him as Kimilili MP.

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