On Sunday, Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa surrendered to the Port Police Station with respect to accusation of graft involving the National Government Constituency Development Funds (NG-CDF). This follows an order from a Mombasa Magistrate Court for Aisha Jumwa to present herself to the Port Police Station before Monday, August 31, 2020.
The Malindi MP posted a video online in which she proclaimed her intention to comply with a court order for her to present self to the police station. At around 12:15PM, Aisha drove her self to the police station where she was processed by five officers from the Financial Crime Investigations Unit who have travelled from the DCI offices in Nairobi.
Ms Jumwa left the police station at around 1:05pm and then held an impromptu press conference outside the building where she answered questions from the members of the press. She was accompanied by her lawyer Jared Magolo, Nyari MP Mohammed Ali, former Mombasa senator Hassan Omar and Aisha’s friends and family members.
During the conference, she denied claims that she had been hiding. “I couldn’t have gone into hiding because the DCI has offices all over. There are DCI offices in Malindi, Mtwapa, Shanzu and so on. There is no place I could hide at all,” she said.
There has been claims that Aisha Jumwa went missing after Noodin Haji issued her arrest on Thursday August 27 and that she could not be traced as she had switched off all her phones. She disputed that notion however. “My phone has been on, nobody called me to appear before police officers. I was available all through and no one has been looking for me. I haven’t travelled to Uganda nor Tanzania, I have been in Kenya,” she said adding that she underwent all the processes at the police station and was ready for the court session tomorrow.
Ms Aisha Jumwa also denied knowledge of charges being levelled at her. She instead said that her lawyers are on top of things and have details of the charges and that they will be ready to answer them on Monday, August 31.
Aisha Jumwa and six other compatriots stand accused of being involved in a corruption racked of more than Ksh 19 million. The Malindi MP has been accused of using her children’s companies to defraud the NG-CDF of the money in 2018. She was first arrested, questioned and released on November 13, 2019.
But fresh investigations regarding the matter were launched on July 9, 2020 leading to the arrest of the other six co-accused who have so far been processed and released on a Ksh. 10 million bond and surety of similar amount.
Ms Jumwa has retained legal counsel for her defense and will be ready to answer the charges when she will be arraigned in court on Monday August 31, 2020.