The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji this evening ordered the arrest of Malindi Member of Parliament (MP) Aisha Jumwa and six other officers over alleged misappropriation of Sh57.7 million Constituency Development Fund (CDF) monies.
It is asserted that several businesses controlled by the lawmaker through her proxies received CDF monies, which they channelled to MP Jumwa’s bank accounts.
Haji has identified the companies as Multserve Contractors Limited, Kaseru Construction Limited, Bizcot Limited and Gadu Stores Limited.
He says the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) completed a probe into the alleged embezzlement on November 13, 2019, and that the file was forwarded to his office for further legal action.
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) consequently assembled a team that guided the investigations by the DCI.
The investigations revealed that Sh19 million was irregularly paid to Multserve Contractors Limited, whose directors is Robert Katana Wanje.
Out of the Ksh19 million that Multserve received in payment, Sh2.5 million was illegally transferred to MP Jumwa’s bank accounts, said the DPP.
“This amounted to a conflict of interest,” said Haji.
According to Citizen Digital, the six other officers have already been apprehended by officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations while a pursuit for Jumwa has been launched.
The six include; Wachu Omar Abdalla (Malindi CDF Account Manager), Kennedy Otieno Onyango Bernard Riba Kai, Sophia Saidi Charo and Margaret Faith Kalume who are members of the Malindi Tender Evaluation Committee as well as Robert Katana Wanje a Director of Multserve Contractors Limited.
It is reported that Jumwa was at a local airport awaiting the arrival of Deputy President William Ruto when she received the news of the order for her arrest.
Deputy President William Ruto has decentralised his meetings to eight regions in what is seen as a strategy to build grassroots bases ahead of the 2022 General Election and is expected to begin his tour of in Mombasa on Friday.
He is expected to host among others, elected, religious, community, youth and professional leaders from all the six coastal counties of Taita Taveta, Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Lamu and Tana River.
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