Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa who is facing corruption charges has been released on a Ksh 2 million cash bail.
The MP also charged alongside six other officials appeared before Mombasa Chief Magistrate Edna Nyalot Monday morning to answer to corruption charges involving embezzlement of Ksh57 million from the Constituency Development Fund kitty.
She denied misappropriating Ksh19M and was freed on a bond of Ksh 5 million bond or an alternative Sh2 million cash bail. The matter will be heard on September 21.
In her ruling, Mombasa Chief Magistrate Edna Nyaloti said the legislator who denied charges of misappropriating Sh19 million public funds was not a flight risk and that the prosecution failed to prove that.
“The MP might be harbouring bigger political ambitions and this Court cannot be a stumbling block,” said Ms Nyaloti.
The magistrate also reviewed the bail terms of Jumwa’s six co-accused who were arraigned in court on Friday from Sh2 million to Sh500, 000.
Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in Nairobi last week arrested six officials of the Malindi National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) in connection with the theft of millions during the construction of the Malindi Sub County education office.
Those arrested include the Malindi NG-CDF Manager, Wachu Omar Abdalla, and officials Sophia Said, Bernard Kai, Margaret Faith Kalume, Robert Katana and Engineer Kennedy Otieno Onyango who took a plea on Friday.
Her supporters who had congregated outside the court broke into song and dance moments after she was set free.
Aisha Jumwa supporters break into song and dance outside Mombasa law courts moments after she was released ^MK pic.twitter.com/tuheawwE01
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The embattled legislator surrendered to the police Sunday afternoon days after a Mombasa Magistrate Court ordered for her arrest after she failed to appear in court on Friday.
She told journalists after surrendering and recording a statement at Port Police Station that she was ready for her day in court stating that nobody is above the law while at the same time refuting claims that she had gone into hiding.
“I don’t think there is anybody who looked for me. I have been in Nairobi. I have not been in Tanzania or Uganda. I have not heard anybody had been looking for me,” she told journalists.
The suspects face a conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption, willful failure to comply with the law related to procurement, conflict of interest, money laundering, acquisition of proceeds of crime and forgery.
The MPs family members have been implicated in the scandal just like several public officers facing graft charges.
Detectives say most of the funds that were allegedly stolen were wired back into the legislator’s personal and those of close relatives.
He said four of the five bidders were close relatives of the MP including her son and daughter, adding that the tender evaluation committee did not due diligence in awarding the tenders.
DPP Noordin Haji approved the arrest of Jumwa over embezzlement of Ksh57.7 million CDF funds through four companies.
DPP Noordin Haji gives approval for the prosecution of Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa over misappropriation of over Kshs 57.7 million from the Constituency Development Fund kitty.#AntiCorruption_ODPP pic.twitter.com/7fzXY7nu1z
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More updates to follow