Court Orders Arrest of MP Didmus Barasa Over Ksh1.8M Debt

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A Milimani court on Tuesday, November 24 ordered for the arrest of Kimilili Member of Parliament Didmus Barasa over Ksh1.8 million debt.

In his ruling, magistrate DM Kivuti further ordered the MP to serve civil jail term of six months.

The magistrate directed the commanding officer of the Nairobi Central Police Station to execute the order.

“The issue of the respondent having a debt is not in contention and this was his last chance,” Kivuti said.

The Kimilili MP had up to today to pay city-based lawyer Alfred Ndambiri Ksh1.8 million or face six months in jail.

The MP, however, did not turn up in court on Tuesday as directed by the court in October.

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 had filed the case before magistrate D.M Kivuti after Barasa failed to pay him the legal fees.

However, the MP while appearing before the court pleaded for leniency promising to pay the lawyer the money.

During the last adjournment of the case, Barasa had requested the court to give him more time stating that he was Covid-19 positive and was in self-isolation.

He asked the court to grant him another 90 days to clear the payment but the magistrate gave him only 45 days which elapses tomorrow.

The judge directed that Barasa be given the last chance to appear before him on Tuesday, November 24 adding that if he would not have paid the lawyer by then he will be committed to a six-month jail term.

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