Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa was a no-show in a Mombasa Court on Friday as police arraigned her six co-accused over alleged misappropriation of funds in the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) kitty.
The MP’s lawyer, Danstan Omari, told the court that his client, who is accused of misappropriating Ksh19 million CDF funds, could not appear in court as she is sick.
Omari said Ms Jumwa is “receiving treatment in a county which is far away from Mombasa”.
Mombasa Law Courts Chief Magistrate Edna Nyaloti ordered that the MP appears physically in court on Monday, August 31.
“I hope she will be in good health by then so that she can take plea,” Omari said in a rejoinder.
Yesterday, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji ordered the arrest of the lawmaker alongside Malindi CDF Committee members, the CDF account manager and the director of Multserve Contractors Limited, a company that allegedly irregularly received Ksh19 million for the construction of the Malindi sub-county education office after a flawed tendering process.
The DPP said that out of the Ksh19 million transferred to the company, Ksh2.5 million was illegally transferred to Ms Jumwa, which amounts to conflict of interest.
“Evidence showed that Hon. Aisha Jumwa Karisa Katana concealed the said sums, being proceeds of crime, through depositing an instalment towards the purchase of an apartment situated on L.R No. 2/289, along Argwings Kodhek Road in Nairobi, ” said Haji.
The six suspects arraigned today pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring to commit graft and money laundering and were released on a Ksh10 million bond or Ksh5 million cash bail each.