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Reprieve for Jumwa As DPP Drops Kshs 19 Million Graft Case

Fridah Wangechi | 1 month ago
Former Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa COURTESY
Former Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa COURTESY

The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has withdrawn the Ksh19 million graft charges against Public Service and Gender Cabinet Secretary Nominee Aisha Jumwa.

Aisha and other accused persons were facing charges of conspiring and defrauding Kshs19,007,539.60 allocated to NG-CDF Malindi Constituency by the National Government with respect to Tender number MLD/NG-NDF /SP/05/2017/2018 for the proposed construction of Sub-County Education office block.

Last year,  state witness Edwin Indase  came to the defence of the MP, contradicting the prosecution on the corruption allegation, stating that the constituency got value for the money.

Indase who is an accountant of the Malindi National Government Constituency Development Fund NG-CDF explained that she was not directly  involved in the management of the funds. 

He added that the MP’s role in the project was ceremonial to ensure that the building was constructed in accordance with laid down government standards.

This hence comes as a reprieve for the former Malindi legislator who is also facing a murder charge, as the cases against her would have proved to be stumbling blocks for her in the onset of the vetting exercise that is underway for the next cabinet secretaries.

President William Ruto nominated Jumwa alongside 21 others drawn from the Kenya Kwanza political faction, who will aid in the implementation of his manifesto.

The recent unveiling of cabinet secretaries has raised eyebrows over the eligibility of some nominees who are currently facing criminal charges as well as their qualifications to take over the positions.

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