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Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition party leader Raila Odinga has hit back at President William Ruto over his outburst on the four embattled IEBC commissioners.

President Ruto Friday morning through his official Twitter account had told off Raila for coming to the defence of IEBC vice-chairperson Juliana Cherera, Francis Mathenge, Irene Masit and Justus Nyang’aya who are staring at an ouster.

Ruto attacked Raila and his Azimio team terming them as “the lords of impunity who destroyed oversight institutions using the handshake”.

Ruto further told the opposition to allow the parliament to hold rogue officials to account.

“The lords of impunity,who destroyed oversight institutions using the handshake fraud,should allow parliament to hold rogue officials who put the nation in danger by subverting the democratic will of the people to be held to account. New order is RULE of LAW not wishes of big men,” Ruto tweeted.

The four commissioners differed with IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati following the August 2022 general elections when they held a different press conference at Serena Hotel.

Raila who was in the chambers where the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee of the National Assembly began hearing petitions filed against the embattled commissioners said the petitions against them. has other motives.

According to Raila, the ouster process has kicked off while an existing petition in the National Assembly to remove IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati has not been tabled.

In response to Ruto’s tweet, Raila has said the opposition will not relent.

“There is due process and natural justice, things aren’t just done at the whims of the executive. The rule of law must prevail and not your jungle laws that you want to institute so as to subjugate Kenyans to a conveyor belt system of elections come 2027. We shall not relent,” he tweeted.

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President William Ruto has fired back at Azimio leader Raila Odinga for coming to the defence of the embattled four IEBC commissioners dubbed as the Cherera four.

Raila together with his Azimio counterparts were in the chambers where the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee of the National Assembly began hearing petitions filed against IEBC vice-chairperson Juliana Cherera, Francis Mathenge, Irene Masit and Justus Nyang’aya.

Th four commissioners differed with IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati following the August 2022 general elections when they held a different press conference at Serena Hotel.

Raila said the petitions against the four has other motives.

According to Raila, the ouster process has kicked off while an existing petition in the National Assembly to remove IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati has not been tabled.

“A petition by Mr Milton Nyakundi Oriku dated 19th September 2022 against the three – Chebukati, Guliye and Molu – was received at the Main Records Unit of the Senate on 28th September 2022. To date, it has not been tabled before the Senate,” said Raila.

Ruto in response told off Raila, terming the Azimio team as “the lords of impunity who destroyed oversight institutions using the handshake”.

Ruto further told the opposition to allow the parliament to hold rogue officials to account.

“The lords of impunity,who destroyed oversight institutions using the handshake fraud,should allow parliament to hold rogue officials who put the nation in danger by subverting the democratic will of the people to be held to account. New order is RULE of LAW not wishes of big men,” Ruto tweeted.

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President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) under the Kenya Kwanza coalition has come up with its East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) MP Nominees finalists.

The final list of five members was presented during the Wednesday morning UDA Parliamentary Group meeting chaired by President Ruto at State House, Nairobi.

UDA MPs who attended the meeting were asked to support the nominees ahead of parliamentary voting on Thursday.

The nominees are 1. Hassan Omar, 2. Zipporah Kering, 3. David Ole Sankok, 4. Fred Muteti, 5. Falhada Dekow Iman.

15 nominees had initially been shortlisted for the five slots available for the ruling outfit.

According to President Ruto’s aide Dennis Itumbi, the 10 who did not make it to the final list will be allocated government jobs.

The Parliament will on Thursday vote on Kenya’s nominees to the East African Legislative Assembly.

Azimio la Umoja leader Raila’ Odingas ODM party has nominated the party boss’ daughter Winnie Odinga.

Wiper party has picked Kalonzo Musyoka’s son Kennedy Musyoka to represent Kenya at the Arusha-based EALA.

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee nominated former Kieni MP Kanini Kega, party Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni and Ruth Mwaniki.

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President William Ruto Wednesday morning hosted the Kenya Kwanza parliamentary group meeting at State House Nairobi.

During the 7am meeting, the UDA MPs were told that the ongoing vetting of Principal Secretaries has been temporarily suspended due to the court order obtained by LSK on Tuesday.

The Employment Labour Relations Court (ELRC) on Tuesday, November 15, issued orders restraining the National Assembly from vetting Permanent Secretaries (PS) nominated by President Ruto.

Justice Nzioki Makau ruled that the process be suspended until the hearing and determination of the application slated for Monday, November 21. 

Justice Nzioki barred the Principal Secretary nominees from appearing before Members of Parliament from various committees. 

Also, in the filed case, the Law Society of Kenya has challenged the list of nominees, arguing that it lacks gender, ethnic and regional balance.

Ruto during the State House meeting also told UDA MPs to focus on delivery and avoid “pushing for selfish and self-serving legislation like changing the Constitution to remove term limits.”

The meeting called by the President Ruto comes amid intensified lobby for the five slots for the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) membership.

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Jubilee party has threatened to exit the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition.

Jubilee Party Members of Parliament have said they will walk out of the political formation if one of their own will not be allowed to sit in the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC).

They are now demanding one of the three positions set aside for the minority in the commission.

This is after Senate minority whip Fatuma Dullo’s name was removed from the list and replaced by Nyamira Senator Okongo Omugeni.

Dullo was Wednesday kicked out of the nominees to the PSC by the minority in the Senate.

The decision was endorsed by the Senate, with some members accusing her of being gullible and nominating herself to the commission without the knowledge of the leadership.

Conmanship

Laikipia North MP Sarah Korere who was flanked by 10 other Jubilee MPs on Thursday said most of their members were disgruntled by how they have been treated in the coalition, even during the formation of committees in parliament.

Korere noted that Jubilee was not coerced to join ODM in Azimio and should their mebers be mistreated in the coalition, they will leave willingly.

This, she said, is because they have experienced firsthand the conmanship, politics of deceit, and political banditry by their brothers in Azimio.

Parliamentary group meeting

Eldas MP Adan Keynan said they will be holding a parliamentary group meeting to chart a way forward.

He asked the Azimio leadership to fast track the issue, call for a meeting and allow Jubilee to nominate a candidate to the PSC.

The Azimio coalition has struggled to fill the few positions available to them with Jubilee first proposing Sirisa MP John Waluke to the commission.

However, his name was removed from the final list presented to parliament.

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Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition leader Raila Odinga’s last born daughter Winnie Odinga has opened up on some of the family’s most guarded secrets.

Winnie in an emotional interview with the Sunday Nation revealed two instances that would have left Raila dead.

The 31-year-old Winnie told the local daily that in March 2021, she almost lost his father, who was at the time preparing to announce his 2022 presidential bid.

The day Raila almost died

According to Winnie, two incidents happened at Raila’s Karen home that almost left him dead.

This was at the time Raila contracted Covid-19.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader was in March 2019 admitted at the Nairobi Hospital after he tested positive for Covid-19 but was later discharged to self-quarantine and recuperate at his Karen home.

This is the time the scare hit his family and his close allies.

Raila spent the following days in bed isolated and weak.

Winnie notes that his condition was so serious that he had to skip a planned ceremony at State House to mark the third anniversary of the March 9, 2018 Handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The scariest bid is when Winnie walked into Raila’s isolation room only to find an oxygen mask had dropped off from her father’s face.

A panicked Winnie had to act fast and save his father.

She picked and fixed the mask back, quickly restoring the condition of her father, who only seconds earlier lay helpless gasping for breath.

Some days later, Winnie again walked into the room only to find the father looking blank and motionless. His temperature had terribly shot.

To save him, she quickly stashed paracetamol tablets into his mouth with a view to reduce his body temperature.

Winnie Odinga’s role in Raila’s presidential campaign

Winnie also opened up on her central role in her father’s presidential campaign and succession politics.

There is a special bond between Raila and his daughter Winnie that is difficult break.

When Raila was down, Winnie reportedly drove him around Karen area with the car windows open. And to cheer him up she occasionally played for him selected beats, including by artists from Germany, where the ODM leader schooled in university.

Raila would mumble the German song titles and daughter would make several trials by keying them into google, until the appropriate song popped up.

Conflict with Raila political allies

While this is a heart-warming development, it appears a poisoned chalice, which places Winnie in a position of constant conflict and competition with other employees or political allies of his father.

In fact, as early as last year, there were people who were uncomfortable with her presence in the Azimio campaign, and she opted out since she did not wish to be stumbling block to her father’s political success.

But the father would hear none of it.

“I insisted on stepping aside but he declined, and the ping-pong went on and on. Meanwhile, he continued giving me assignments, including when we drove to an event and he would want a phrase or facts in his speech changed and I would quickly do so and print out a fresh copy for him. Since I could not decline helping him out, in the end I decided to stay on,” Winnie told the Sunday Nation.

She told off those accusing her of playing a role in Raila’s loss to President William Ruto, noting that she was just a mere worker and supporter in the Azimio campaigns.

“I was a mere worker and a supporter, just like the other millions of Kenyans. Yet again, elections are complex processes and ours was no exception. Two years later, America is still struggling to get to the bottom of what happened with their elections in 2020, without forgetting 2016. The UK took time to get to the bottom of the Brexit vote and the role of Cambridge Analytica,” she said.

She said that she has been only branded arrogant because of being assertive.

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Lawyer Miguna Miguna is attending the Mashujaa Day celebrations at Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi.

Miguna landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport this morning, exactly 1716 days or about 4 years since he was first forced into exile.

Speaking to the media while arriving at Uhuru Gardens, Miguna Miguna noted that he was feeling exhilarated to have come back home.

“I am feeling exhilarated, I can at least now smell the freshness of Kenyan oxygen and freedom. This is what we wanted,” Miguna said.

He thanked President William Ruto for keeping his word and allowing him back.

“President Ruto is a man of his word, he said he would facilitate my return and he did,” he added.

Asked on his plans after coming back to the country after almost 5 years into the exile, he noted that he will be breathing fresh oxygen and Kenyans should be ready to see what they will see.

“You know me, you will see what you are seeing,” he commented.

At Uhuru Gardens, Miguna was spotted having a deep conversation with former Migori Governor Okoth Obado.

Miguna had earlier on revealed that he was coming back to Kenya to liberate the Luo-Nyanza region.

He is allegedly being groomed to take over from ODM leader Raila Odinga as the region’s political Kingpin.

Miguna, who has been away from the country for close to five years following his deportation to Canada by former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government proceeded to the State event at Uhuru Gardens after landing.

Taking to social media on Wednesday evening, Miguna shared his official invitation to attend Mashujaa Day celebrations that will be held at Uhuru Gardens.

After the national celebration, Miguna is also invited for a luncheon at State House, Nairobi.

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Interior Cabinet Secretary nominee Kithure Kindiki has revealed his number one assignment as soon as he assumes office.

Appearing before the National Assembly Appointment Committee Tuesday, Kindiki said his first assignment will be setting the country free from criminals, bandits, terrorists and cattle rustlers.

Kindiki said this will not be done through press conferences since security does not require speaking.

During the vetting, Kindiki, failed to provide his National Identification Card blaming this on a “communication barrier by the committee.”

He did, however, say that he had sent somebody for the document and that it would be delivered to the committee before the vetting was over. 

While presenting his resume and extensive career in the legal profession, Kindiki noted that he was the right fit for the Interior Cabinet slot and addressed key issues facing the public and security sectors. 

“I have practised law for 22 years and I am listed in the list of counsel licenced to practise law at the International Criminal Court,” he said.

Kindiki has served as Senator for Tharaka-Nithi,  from 2013 to 2022. He clinched the seat on his first attempt at elective politics.

He was then elected the first leader of the Majority in the Senate, a position he held until he became the Deputy Speaker after the 2017 general elections.

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President William Ruto’s Interior and National Administration Cabinet Secretary nominee Kithure Kindiki has revealed his net worth.

Prof Kindiki who appeared before the National Assembly Committee on Appointments for vetting in Parliament Tuesday morning said he is worth Kshs. 544 million.

According to Kindiki, his wealth derived from various sources of income.

He noted that he is an advocate at the High Court where I practise Law and also a business person running a number of businesses, SMEs and also a consultant for local and international organisations.

His investments in shares and real estate were among his major financial dealings.

He noted that it is made up of land and buildings of around Ksh165 million, bank deposits of about Ksh50 million, investment in shares, and deposits in five different saccos.

Kindiki was elected in 2013 General Election to represent Tharaka-Nithi county in the Kenyan Senate. Kindiki was re-elected in 2017 to represent the same county.

He also Served as Majority leader in his first term.

He served as the Deputy Speaker of the Kenya Senate from August 2017 to May 2020 when he was de-whipped from the position by the Jubilee Party for supporting Ruto.

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Ministry of Defence Cabinet Secretary nominee Aden Duale has disclosed his net worth.

Duale who was appearing before the parliamentary committee while being vetted for the position said his financial net worth is Ksh. 851 million.

The immediate former Garissa Township MP said the net worth includes the assets he own, that is goats, sheep and 231 camels.

From his assets, Duale receives Sh10 Million annually.

Duale is a well seasoned politician having first won elections in 2007 General Election in Dujis Constituency seat on an ODM ticket to soon become the first northeastern MP to be appointed assistant minister—in the Livestock ministry.

In 2013 he was appointed as the Majority Leader of the National Assembly but he was forced out in 2019 an aftermath of the fallout between former President Uhuru Kenyatta and President William Ruto who was his deputy then.

His appointment was nothing unprecedented as he was the only senior politician from the Raila Odinga-leaning northern Kenya who stood with then-Deputy President Ruto and his UDA party during the August general election.

His political friendship with the President dates back to the formation of the United Republican Party (URP), which merged with former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s The National Alliance (TNA) party to form the Jubilee Coalition that won the 2013 and 2017 elections.

Earlier on, Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi said that his financial net worth is about Kshs. 4 billion.

Mudavadi said his current and anticipated income are from rental income, dividends from shareholding, interests and other expenses that come from the farm.

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Wycliffe Musalia Mudavadi is a Kenyan politician and land economist.

Mudavadi was born on 21 September 1960.

Musalia Mudavadi Education

Musalia Mudavadi started his early learning at Nairobi Primary School, then Jamhuri and Nairobi School for his A-levels before proceeding to the University of Nairobi for his Bachelor of Arts (Land Economics) degree.

Musalia Mudavadi Political Career

Mudavadi was first elected an MP in 1989 after the death of his father, Mr Moses Mudavadi.

He was elected unopposed in Sabatia constituency and went on to be re-elected in 1992, 1997, and 2007.

Soon after, he was appointed Minister of Supplies and Marketing until 1992 when he was elevated to Ministry of Finance between 1993 and 1997.

He has also served as Minister for Agriculture, and Transport and Communication between 2001 and 2002 when he was appointed to the office of VP.

He served three months in the office of the Vice President, the shortest sting in Kenyan history.

He was appointed VP in October 2002 to replace the late George Saitoti, who Moi had sacked in a succession war after he chose Mr Uhuru Kenyatta as his successor.

Mr Mudavadi was Mr Kenyatta’s running mate in the 2002 general election. He ended up losing that bid as well as his Sabatia Parliamentary seat.

Mr Mudavadi made a come back in 2005 during the campaigns for the new Constitution. He joined the NO camp that was opposed to the draft that the Kibaki government had proposed.

The camp emerged winners of the referendum. In the 2007 presidential election, Mr Mudavadi was Mr Odinga’s running mate, but again they lost to late former President Mwai Kibaki. 

He was a member of the national reconciliation team that negotiated for peace after the bloody events of the 2007/08 post-election violence and was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Local government in the Grand coalition government of 2008/13.

He defected from ODM to his United Democratic Forum (UDF) through which he contested the 2013 presidential race, coming third. 

He severed ties with UDF to form Amani National Congress (ANC) in 2015.

ANC was part of the five political parties that merged in 2017 to form the National Super Alliance (Nasa) which fronted Raila Odinga as its presidential candidate.

Nasa lost to Jubilee in the election held on August 8, 2017 but the Supreme Court nullified the outcome due to irregularities.

In January 2022, he joined hands with President William Ruto to form the Kenya Kwanza Alliance ahead of the 2022 general elections.

After President Ruto winning the August 2022 general election, he appointed Mudavadi to the position of Prime Cabinet Secretary, with his office based at Kenya Railways Headquarters.

Mudavadi was vetted by the Members of the National Assembly for the position on Monday October 17, 2022.

Mudavadi will be tasked with chairing the Principal Secretaries Committees and supervising the technical monitoring and evaluation of Government policies, programs and projects.

Musalia Mudavadi Net Worth in 2022

Musalia Mudavadi disclosed his net worth on October 17, 2022, as he faced the Committee on Appointments for vetting.

Mudavadi disclosed that he is worth Sh4 billion.

Mudavadi said his current and anticipated income are from rental income, dividends from shareholding, interests and other expenses that come from the farm.

Musalia Mudavadi Family

Mudavadi has one wife, Tessy and three children namely; Moses, Michael and Maryanne.

Tessie met Musalia in Lugari at a public function to raise money for a school. The couple tied the knot on November 17, 1991.

She is actively involved in cancer awareness. Tessie also co-runs the Mudavadi Memorial Foundation Trust Fund.

In 2011, Tessie was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was treated and she has now recovered fully.

She is the mother to Musalia’s three children; Moses, Michael and Maryanne. 

Moses Mudavadi is the eldest of the three Mudavadi children. Although Moses loves to keep from the public eye, he is known to harbour political ambitions and often accompanies his father to rallies.

Michael Mudavadi is the second born. He attended the University of Brighton where graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Business Management and Marketing).

Michael also holds a Master of Science (Marketing) from the same institution. 

Michael is an avid video gamer and he used some of the skills that he has acquired over time to save himself during the attack that left 22 people dead.

Maryanne Mudavadi is the last born in the veteran politician’s family. Maryanne holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Psychology) from the University of Sussex anda Masters degree in Human Resource Management from the same institution. 

She interned at CPF Financial Services and at First Assurance Kenya Limited.

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Former Citizen TV news anchor Hussein Mohamed has broken his silence after being appointed as the new State House Spokesperson.

President William Ruto appointed Hussein to replace Kanze Dena on Friday, October 14, 2022.

Prior to his appointment, Hussein worked as the director of communications in the President Ruto campaign secretariat.

He quit television two years ago before returning last year on the campaign trail of Dr Ruto.

Under the executive order issued earlier on Thursday, Mohamed will, however, deputise David Mugonyi who was named as the Head of Presidential Communications Service (PCS), a re-formed communication entity which was previously known as the Presidential Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU).

Taking to his official Twitter handle this morning, Hussein said he was grateful and humbled by the honour President Ruto had bestowed upon him.

He pledged to tirelessly work in supporting the head of state deliver THE PLAN to achieve greatness for the Kenyan republic.

“Mr President @WilliamsRuto, I’m grateful & humbled by the honour you have bestowed upon me to serve as StateHouse Spokesperson. I pledge to tirelessly work in supporting you deliver THE PLAN to achieve greatness for our republic. Thanks patriots for your congratulatory messages,” Hessein tweeted.

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The ministry of Transport and infrastructure Cabinet Secretary nominee Kipchumba Murkomen has revealed his last moments with the immediate former Ainabkoi MP William Chepkut who passed on this morning.

Taking to his official Twitter account to mourn the late politician, Murkomen revealed that he was with Chepkut last evening up to around 8:00pm.

The iimmediate former Elgeyo Marakwet senator noted that he had met Chepkut who was in the company of his friends and that he was in a very jovial mood.

Murkomen ssaid that Chepkut had showered him with praises and when they parted ways at 8:00pm on Friday, they had agreed to meet soon and discuss matters infrastructure.

“Last evening I met Hon. William Chepkut in the company of his friends. He was in a very jovial mood. In his characteristic manner he showered me with many praises using all the superlatives in the book. William was a very lovely guy, Extremely connected, Loyal to his seniors almost to a fault,” Murkomen said.

“When we parted last night at 8PM we agreed to meet soon to discuss matters Infrustructure. I didn’t know it was going to be the last time with him. Fare thee well Hon. William Chepkut,” added Murkomen.

Chepkut was confirmed dead by his family on Saturday morning.

According to the family, the former lawmaker collapsed at his house and was rushed to a Nairobi hospital where he died while undergoing treatment.

Chepkut has been sickly since 2021 and has been in and out of hospital beds for the period between 2021 and 2022.

He had lost his Ainabkoi parliamentary seat to UDA’s Chepkonga after efforts to defend it as an independent candidate failed.

He had been first elected in 2017 and served in the 12th parliament until August 2022 when he lost the seat.

He had also served as personal assistant to former powerful minister the late Nicholas Biwott.

Several leaders, including Members of Parliament have mourned Chepkut’s demise.

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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioner Boya Molu is among the shortlisted candidates for Principal Secretaries jobs.

This is after the Public Service Commission (PSC) revised the list it had published on Friday, to include 108 names that were not on the initial list.

PSC had published 477 names in the initial shortlist but after revision, 585 names were published.

Boya Molu’s name features at number 396.

Former nominated MP David Sankok has also made it to the new list. Also included in the list was former Kisauni MP Ali Mbogo.

Former executive director of Kenya’s Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Board, Fazul Mohamed, was also included in the new list.

PSC explained that it cancelled the list published on Friday, October 7, to make the process more inclusive.

See the full list below.

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The immediate former Ainabkoi Member of Parliament William Chepkut is dead.

The former lawmaker’s family confirmed his death on Saturday morning.

According to the family, Chepkut collapsed in his house and was rushed to Mediheal hospital parklands where he was pronounced dead.

The comical former lawmaker has been unwell for sometime and was admitted to hospital for long between late last year and early this year.

Chepkut served as Ainabkoi MP between 2017 and 2022 after being elected as an independent candidate.

lost to Samwel Chepkonga of UDA party in the just concluded August 2022 general election.

He also served as the personal assistant of the late Nicholas Biwott.

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Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa has offered his latest salary of Kshs. 1 million to his constituents.

Taking to his official social media accounts on Friday October 7, 2022, the controversial lawmaker said that he was elected to work for his people but for the past one month, he has not done anything.

According to Didmus Barasa, he doesn’t deserve a salary for failing to work after being re-elected in the August 2022 polls.

He advised his constituents that they should approach him at take all the one month salary should they spot him in Kimilili.

Barasa noted that the Kimilili constituents should take the money and share among themselves.

“My people of Kimilili, mulinipigia kura nashukuru. Tangu munichague hakuna kitu nimewafanyia. Sisitahili mushahara wowote, sasa ile millioni moja nimelipwa ya mwezi hii nitawaletea. Mukiniona tu nimeingia kimilili mukuje muchukue na mugawane,” tweeted the MP.

Barasa was accused of shooting his opponents aide dead on the elections day.

He was arrested and appeared before a Kakamega court where he was charged with murder.

The lawmaker, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Barasa had been in police custody for two weeks. He said to have committed the offence against Brian Olunga, an aide to Kimilili politician Brian Khaemba on election day.

He had been detained at the Kisumu cells where he appeared in court virtually and the court allowed police to detain him for two weeks ahead of plea taking.

This was to allow police conduct postmortem on the body and collect other needed evidence for the case.

He was also taken for medical tests after which officials said he would take plea at a Kakamega court.

An autopsy on the body of Olunga showed he died of a pistol bullet which struck the right side of his head.

The autopsy showed Olunga died of profuse bleeding when the bullet got stuck in his head.

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