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BEATEN BY BODYGUARDS

MP Waluke wants to kill me, says daughter-in-law

ASSAULTED: Philezian Barasa at her bootique in Bungoma town on Wednesday
Image by BRIAN OJAMAA
In Summary

• Philezian Barasa, 26, told the Star on Wednesday that Waluke's bodyguards were instructed to beat her up at the weekend.

• She said Waluke has threatened to kill her if he finds her with his son again.

Sirisia MP John Waluke's daughter-in-law is living in fear of her life, saying the lawmaker wants to kill her.

Philezian Barasa, 26, told the Star on Wednesday that Waluke's bodyguards were instructed to beat her up at the weekend.

"They whipped me for about two hours until I passed out," Barasa said inside her boutique in Bungoma town. They then bundled her into a car and abandoned her in a forest "to die".

When she regained consciousness, Barasa said she called her sister who rushed her to Bungoma Referral Hospital. She was admitted with severe pains. 

"The guards had a rope with which they wanted to hang me but it's like they dropped the idea after beating me senseless."

She said Waluke has threatened to kill her if he finds her with his son again.

When reached for comment about the matter, Waluke's personal assistant Christopher Wakhisi told the star on phone that he is not aware of such happenings.

"Mheshimiwa is currently in Nairobi and I am in Bungoma but sorry I do not have any information regarding the incident nor have I heard anything of the sought," he said.

Barasa, who was discharged on Tuesday, said the MP beat up his son Nelson Waluke before the guards were unleashed on her. Nelson is Barasa's husband of four years. The couple have a child.

The guards had a rope with which they wanted to hang me but it's like they dropped the idea after beating me senseless
Philezian Barasa

On Saturday, Barasa was with her husband when they met the MP in Bungoma town. Waluke later went to his village home in Sirisia with his son. 

"Nelson later called me saying he was stressed. He asked me to join him at home."

The two spent the night together. In the morning, they realised their house was locked from outside. Barasa thought it was Nelson's brother and that he would return to open. But that did not happen. 

At about 2 pm, a bouncer came and told Nelson that the father wanted to speak with him.

Waluke asked his son if he had his phone with him. He said he wanted Nelson to accompany him somewhere. "He said he was with his wife and could not leave her alone," Barasa said.

Sirisia MP John Waluke.
Sirisia MP John Waluke.
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The two men argued and exchanged words before the MP started beating his son. Barasa said the bodyguards took her husband away. 

About 10 minutes later, the bodyguards returned with Waluke. The MP opened the door to the house where Barasa was, saying, "This is the girl ruining my son. She should be handled firmly."

With that, the bouncers descended on Barasa and beat her unconscious.

Sirisia MP John Waluke

Elected MP in 2013.

In December 2017, he was caught up in a roadside brawl with a woman said to be his wife.

In August last year, Waluke was charged with falsely obtaining millions from the National Cereals and Produce Board.

In the National Assembly, he serves as the vice chairman of the Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security.

The woman told the Star her problems with the father-in-law began when he got wind they were planning to get married.

"My parents-in-law have always been against our marriage despite their son saying he has a strong bond with me and the child," Barasa said.

She said the dislike was exacerbated by Nelson's refusal to take up a job in Nakuru. The MP had secured the job but the son turned down the offer, saying he preferred to look after his wholesale business in Bungoma town.

Celestine Auma, Barasa's employee at the boutique, said her boss was terrified. They asked Bungoma county commissioner Stephen Kihara to ensure Barasa is safe.

Efforts by the Star to reach Waluke for comment failed because he did not pick calls. The MP did not reply text messages sent to his phone.