On Tuesday, September 14, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Noordin Haji, announced that his office would proceed with the charges against Barasa.
Haji dropped charges leveled against three other leaders who were accused alongside Barasa among them Nandi Senator, Samson Cherargei, Nandi MP Wilson Kogo and his Belgut counterpart Nelson Koech.
However, the case against the Kimilili MP has not been dropped. He is scheduled to appear in court on September 25, 2021.
Barasa questioned the move by the DPP, claiming that he was being targeted. He questioned why he was the only one being charged.
“We were jointly together. So why would you drop the charges of some, my co-accused, maintaining mine even though you said we were facing two charges?” He questioned.
The four were questioned by police on allegations of intimidating voters during the Kabuchai mini poll. They were charged with preparation to commit a felony.
Cherargei, Kogo and Koech were let off before Magistrate Stephine Mogute.
Barasa is nonetheless confident that he will prove his innocence in court. He also added that he would use the case against him to develop jurisprudence in the country.
“I have no doubt that this matter is before the right court. We will go there and argue our case,” he stated.
Didmus Barasa has had a number of run-ins with the law. On July 30, the MP was caught on camera engaging in a public altercation with a contractor identified as Stephen Masinde.
Barasa contradicted the slap theory stating that he was only trying to signal Masinde to zip up his trousers. He was charged on August 2 and later released on a Ksh150,000 bond.