Director of Public Prosecutions Mr. Noodin Haji has issued an arrest warrant for Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa and seven other compatriots for a Ksh. 19 million corruption racket. The scandal is connected with the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) money. This comes a day after Migori County Governor and his wife and children were rounded up from Kisii DCI offices and shipped to Nairobi headquarters for processing.
Noodin Haji said several businesses owned by Aisha Jumwa through her affiliates fraudulently received funds from the National Government Constituency Development Fund and then transmitted the cash to her.
Aisha Jumwa has been under investigations since July 9th, 2020 when the DCI and Office of Public Prosecution teams met to share intelligence regarding the Malindi MP’s involvement with the said scandal.
Besides Ms. Aisha Jumwa, other high profile suspects in the case includes Wachu Omar Abdalla who is the account manager of the Malindi NG-CDF and Kennedy Otieno Onyango who is the Member of the NG-CDF Malindi Constituency Tender Evaluation Committee.
The amount of money stolen by Aisha Jumwa and her associates is thought to be around Ksh. 57 million which was conveyed to the legislator via the three companies owned by her, namely:
Please note that Kaseru Construction Limited is owned by Ms Aisha Jumwa’s children while the Malindi MP’s son is also a co-owner of the Multiserve Contractors Limited company.
According to Mr. Haji, Aisha Jumwa’s Multiserve Contractors Limited was awarded a contract tender to build the Malindi Sub-County Education Office. After the money was awarded to this contractor, Multiserve Contractors Limited illegally wired Ksh. 2.5 million to Aisha Jumwa. On the same day, Ms Jumwa went and paid Ksh. 2.8 million for a purchase of a plot in Nairobi.
Hoojin Haji said Aisha Jumwa will be arrested and charged for Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act No.3. Other charges that will be leveled against the Malindi MP includes;
Conspiracy to Commit an Offence of Corruption
Willful Refusal to Comply to Laws Related to Procurement
Conflict of Interest
Acquisition of Proceeds of Crime
Since Aisha Jumwa’s two children who run the companies implicated above have also been mentioned, it is unclear whether they will be rounded up by the DCI officers like the Migori governor’s children were.
It is worth noting that Aisha Jumwa’s involvement in corruption scandals is nothing new. In fact, the Malindi MP was questioned on November 7, 2019 about the same matter. Back then, it was alleged that Aisha Jumwa used her son and daughter’s companies to embezzle more than Ksh. 58 million from the Kenyan public.
Back then, the company Aisha Jumwa used was Kaseru Construction Limited. However, it was later discovered that the Malindi MP used four other companies that were awarded more than Ksh. 312,624,464 from the NG-CDF earmarked for various projects.