Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa has again been caught in another criminal puzzle. Last week, the MP moved to court trying to stop arrest over a sale of a matatu to a one Irungu Mwangi.In court papers filed through Khaminwa and company advocates, the MP prays that the court admits Barasa to reasonable bail terms pending the investigations and arrest by officers under inspector general.
According to sources, Barasa in 2016 sold a matatu plying on Nairobi -Kitengela route to Irungu. By then, the MP was out to get money to help his campaign for Kimilili seat then held by Suleiman Murunga. Then, Barasa had taken a loan from Rafiki Micro Finance Ltd and the vehicle sale value was Sh700,000. It is said, Barasa did not disclose dealings with Rafiki as the matatu was the security in the procurement of the loan. Barasa was to clear Sh187,000 balance to Rafiki Ltd in the deal according to documents. Irungu who bought the vehicle via an agent was to pay Sh200,000 to the microfinance and have Sh500,000 paid to his account to release the logbook. By then, the MP had three matatus operating on the Kitengela route. Last year Barasa faced a bankruptcy suit after failing to pay Sh4.2 million owed to a car dealer. Smart Cars Limited and Car city Limited claimed the MP failed to pay the outstanding balance for a personal Toyota Land Cruiser purchased in 2017. The car cost was Sh11.7 million. The MP was also to be caught in a circus over the purchase of sofa sets for his house. He failed to honour payments after paying a deposit. Family members say the MP is a poor debt payer, and before being elected, rent arrears had accumulated to hundreds of thousands