MP arrested for allegedly assaulting a local contactor

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Kenyan lawmaker Didmus Barasa was arrested early in the morning on Monday, August 2, following allegations that he assaulted a local contractor-cum-musician.

Police officers picked the MP from his Kimilili home in Western Kenya. He will be arraigned in court and charged with assault causing grievous bodily harm to Stephen Masinde alias Steve Kay.

Police told the media that they had received the P3 from the musician following July 30 drama at Baptist Lurare Primary School in Kimilili.

Reports indicated that Mr Barasa arrived at the school on a fateful day to commission five new classrooms built through National Government Constituency Development Fund. However, Masinde and his fellow constructor Ronald Graham Wafula locked the classrooms demanding their unpaid dues amounting to $34000.

"When we asked the MP to pay us, he said he does not make partial payments to contractors and that we should keep on waiting.

"I closed the classrooms because they cannot begin to operate without me being paid and once the children start using them, the condition might deteriorate and justify the MP's refusal to pay me,” said Masinde.

In a video clip that went viral on social media, the MP was seen arguing with the constructor before slapping him on the face.

The video triggered a public uproar as people demanded his arrest.

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