Didmus Barasa recalls protesters' Parliament raid

Speaking at a burial in Bungoma on Saturday for one of the protesters, Barasa revealed how he narrowly escaped death.

Didmus Barasa
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Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa has, for the first time, recounted his narrow escape from Parliament after a group of protesters stormed the buildings, leaving a trail of destruction, including setting part of the Parliament Buildings on fire.

Speaking at a burial in Bungoma on Saturday for one of the protesters, Barasa revealed how he narrowly escaped death.

“When the protesters arrived, I ran like Omanyala for my safety. Were it not for my speed, today we would be burying Willy and you would have come to bury me as well,” he said.

Barasa was speaking at the burial of Willy Sitati, a 22-year-old student from a college in Kibera, Nairobi, who was killed during the anti-government protests in Nairobi.

Barasa described how, after the group raided Parliament, he saw a group of youths pointing at him, indicating that he was their target.

“I saw them arriving in Parliament and they pointed at me, saying, 'There’s the MP with the cap.' I was behind, but I ran so fast that I was the first to reach Bunge Towers,” he said.

“I saw death pass by in the mirror. They circled around looking for me,” he added.