Kimilili Member of Parliament Didmus Barasa is currently receiving specialised treatment in South Africa, according to a section of Jubilee MPs.
The lawmakers, led by Kikuyu lawmaker, Kimani Ichung’wa, on Tuesday claimed that Barasa was “injected with an unknown substance” during rough-up in Kibra by-election on Thursday.
“They [ODM leaders] claim they did not sponsor any violence against Jubilee-allied leaders and supporters. McDonald Mariga, who ran for the Kibra parliamentary seat on a Jubilee Party ticket, visited at least ten people, who were [allegedly] injured by ODM supporters,” Ichungw’a was quoted by K24 TV.
Ichungw’a was accompanied by among other MPs, Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Jayne Kihara (Naivasha) and Caleb Kositany (Soy).
However, ODM quickly dismissed the MPs allegations and instead, blamed the Jubilee leaders for the November 7 chaos.
The ODM leaders claimed that Ruto allies sponsored the attacks, and that it implied what “they are planning to use in 2022”.
“Democracy should reign during elections. Tanga Tanga team wreaked havoc in Kibra,” nominated MP Wilson Sossion said in a press briefing led by Suna East MP Junet Mohamed.
Other lawmakers who attended the briefing were Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati and Ruaraka representative Tom Joseph Kajwang, among others.
On Saturday, Barasa vowed to recruit 500 individuals to join his militia gang after the attack by rowdy youth who were allegedly incited by Arati.
Didmus said he had decided to hire more security personnel since the DCI and the National Police Service had not taken any action against Arati and Wajir Woman Representative Fatuma Gedi.
Its on this basis that I invite applications for recruitment of 500 persons to join my team,those with certificate of good conduct will be disqualified. Training commences imediately. An attractive commission and retainer will be offered to successful applicants.
— Didmus Barasa – OGW (@DidmusWaBarasa) November 9, 2019
However, Arati denied claims that he unleashed goons to humiliate Barasa, and instead said that he is the one who saved him from the angry youth after he was accused of bribing voters during the exercise.
“Sadly, I am being blamed yet I saved my brother from the wrath of the youths who had been told that Jubilee legislators were on the ground to buy voters,” Arati said in an interview with The Standard.
“It is wrong for people and even you the media to report that I unleashed youths on Barasa. It is me who saved him.”