Kimilili Member of Parliament Didmus Barasa has been released on a KSh 100,000 cash bail after denying a charge of assaulting contractor Stephen Masinde popularly known as Steve Kay.
Barasa was arrested at his home in Nasianda, in Kimilili Constituency in the morning of Monday, August 2, 2021.
He however, pleaded not guilty to a charge of causing bodily harm to Steve contrary to section 234 of the penal code.
The contractor had filled a P3 form following a scuffle that ensued at Baptist Lurare Primary School on Friday, July 30, 2021.
The incidence occurred after Barasa made a visit to the school located in Kamukuywa ward in his constituency where he was expected to commission five new classrooms built through National Government Constituency Development Fund.
However, the Kimilili legislator got angry when he discovered Steve and his colleague Ronald Graham Wafula had locked up the newly constructed classrooms.
Barasa was caught on camera slapping Steve, who demanded to be paid KSh 3.4 million for the construction work before he could hand over the keys.
The MP dismissed reports that he had slapped the contractor, claiming he only asked him to zip up his trousers, while speaking at Namasanda Primary School on Saturday, July 31, 2021.
“Kwa vile ni raifiki yangu nikaona nikama alienda kujisaidia na alikua hajafunga zip. Mimi naona gari yake ndogo iko ndani hajafunga nikasema wacha nikimbie nimwambie garage yake iko empty funga duka. Sasa wakati nilienda kumuambia hivo akatoroka mbio akafikiria naenda kumpiga (Since he is my friend, I thought he had gone for a short call and forgot to zip up his trousers, his manhood was nearly exposed…..when I approached him, he started running away perhaps thinking that I was going to attack him),” Barasa stated.