Court Orders Arrest Of Clueless MP Didmus Barasa Over KSh1.8 Million Debt

Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa
  • A court ordered the arrest and jailing of Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa for failing to pay Ksh1.8 million legal fees.
  • This comes despite the legislator bragging he would settle the “small” amount before the deadline on Tuesday as ordered by the court.

NAIROBI, Kenya, November 24, 2020 – Trouble for Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa compounded on Tuesday, November 24, when a Nairobi court ordered for his arrest and that he subsequently serves a civil jail term of six months.

Magistrate DM Kivuti of the Milimani court directed that the order to arrest Barasa be served upon Officer Commanding Station Nairobi Central to execute the action.

The MP, a close ally of DP William Ruto had up to Tuesday to pay city-based lawyer Alfred Ndambiri KSh1.8 million or face six months in jail.

The MP, however, did not turn up for the court proceedings on Tuesday. “The issue of the respondent having a debt is not in contention and this was his last chance,” Kivuti said.

Barasa owes Ndambiri the money for legal fees after the lawyer represented him in an election petition filed against him by former Kimilili MP Suleiman Murunga in 2017. The lawyer has had to battle with the legislator since then before filling the case before magistrate D.M Kivuti.

In seven different appearances before the court, Barasa had pleaded leniency and promising to pay, which has not been forthcoming. On the October 9, Magistrate Kivuti had, however, directed that Barasa be given the last chance to appear before him on November 24.

Kivuti ruled that if he would not have paid he will be committed to a six-month jail term. During the last adjournment, Barasa had pleaded with the court for the last adjournment saying he was Covid-19 positive and was in self-isolation and demanded to be exempted for 90 days.

This comes despite the legislator bragging he would settle the “small” amount before the deadline on Tuesday as ordered by the court.

The fees came about after lawyer Alfred Ndambiri represented him in an election petition back in 2017 but the MP allegedly failed to settle the amount.

Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa was on Monday, November 23, handed a one-day ultimatum to clear Ksh1.8 million in legal fees or face six months in jail.

Barasa had said the amount was petty cash to him and he would easily settle the legal fees after a court battle. “I will pay the amount, sometimes as an MP you face intimidation using such means, but these are small monies which I will settle,” he explained.

Senior Resident Magistrate D.M. Kivuti ordered Barasa be given a final chance to appear before him on Tuesday, November 24.

In the final adjournment, the legislator stated that he was Covid-19 positive and was in self-isolation, and demanded to be exempted for 90 days. Kivuti handed Barasa 45 days to settle the amount which expires on Tuesday.

 

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