Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa has gone into hiding following a shooting incident at a polling station, Chebukhwabi Primary School in his constituency on Tuesday that left one person dead.
Bungoma County commissioner Samuel Kimiti has confirmed the incident and said police have launched a manhunt for Barasa.
According to a police report, Barasa’s opponent from the DAP-K party Brian Khaemba visited the polling station at about 6:00 pm to witness the vote counting exercise.
Khaemba met Barasa while inside the polling station and intended to leave shortly after arriving.
However, when Khaemba headed to his vehicle, Barasa who was in the company of four men, followed him before ordering his men not to allow Khaemba to leave the place. Khaemba’s driver defied Barasa’s order and started the vehicle instead.
It is not clear why Barasa did not want Khaemba to leave, but he immediately discharged his weapon and shot Khaemba’s aide identified as Brian Olunga in the head.
Olunga was rushed to Kimilili Sub-county Hospital for emergency treatment, but unfortunately, he succumbed to his injury.
The police, accompanied by their counterparts from the Scene of Crime unit visited the scene and collected the evidence.
Olunga’s body was moved to Delight Funeral Home.