By Paul Mukana
Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa has yet again found himself in the midst of a pragmatic controversy.
Police in Bungoma have seized a government vehicle that was allegedly being used by the MP for campaigns.
A Toyota double cabin vehicle with registration number KBS 709D has been hitting roads at Barasa’s campaign jamborees across the country.
Police however maintained that the original number plate of the four wheeler is GK 948J but the registration had been rebranded and the colours changed to those of UDA party, DP Ruto and Barasa’s.
Kimilili county police boss Mwita Marwa told journalists at his office on Tuesday that police officers from various units acted on a tip off from members of the public and raided the MP’s home in Nasianda on Tuesday.
“We did this in a joint operation involving officers from the government vehicle check unit, officers from Nairobi, serious crimes unit and Directorate of Criminal Investigations from Nairobi and Kimilili,” he said.
Mr.Marwa added that the officers only made up their minds to storm the lawmaker’s bastion after extensive investigations.
“We took the initiative to go to the CDF offices but we did not find it there, so we proceeded to his home where we found it there,” he noted.
Apparently, the MP wasn’t at home and a section of his workers unsuccessfully tried stopping the officers from accessing the compound .
“We employed section 26 of the Criminal Procedures Code that allows us to access anywhere,got into the house and confirmed that indeed it was a CDF vehicle,” the officer explained.
It was later clarified that it is unlawful for anyone regardless of his/her social status to use government vehicles for personal matters or campaigns.
Reports from the Bungoma county criminal investigations boss showed that a vehicle with a similar number plate(KBS 709D) had been registered under the MP’s name as depicted in the records provided by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).
When reporters called the embattled MP to seek his point of view,he declined to shade light claiming that he was being chewed by his political nemesis who want him to be locked out of the contest for the Kimilili parliamentary seat.
Didmus Barasa is serving his first term as MP and is determined to defend his seat via DP Ruto’s UDA party in the August 9th general elections.
He doubles up as a fundamental hit man of DP Ruto’s lieutenants in Bungoma county.
It is a stalemate that has brewed unrest among hid supporters and all eyes are now set at the relevant government authorities to see how the equation will be solved.
It also comes at a time when the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) intends to lock out candidates with integrity issues from taking part in the August polls.