Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa has been arrested over mismanagement of Kshs19Million county development fund(CDF) after surrendering at Port police station.
The MP who is set to be arraigned in court on Monday, August 31 had earlier on Friday failed to show up in court when her six co-accused were being charged over the misappropriation of CDF funds.
Her lawyer Danstan Omari told the court that the MP could not appear in court as she was sick after which the Mombasa Law Courts Chief Magistrate Ednah Nyaloti ordered that she appears in person on Monday, August 31.
On Thursday, 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 on Friday 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.