The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has ordered the arrest of Malindi Member of Parliament (MP) Aisha Jumwa over alleged misappropriation of Ksh57.7 million Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
It is alleged that several businesses controlled by the lawmaker through her proxies received CDF monies, which they channeled to MP Jumwa’s bank accounts.
The DPP has identified the companies as Multserve Contractors Limited, Kaseru Construction Limited, Bizcot Limited and Gadu Stores Limited.
Haji says the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) completed probe into the alleged embezzlement on November 13, 2019, and that the file was forwarded to his office for further legal action.
“Upon review of the inquiry file, we found some areas that required to be covered by way of further investigations before final directions could be issued,” Haji said in a statement dated Thursday, August 27.
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) consequently assembled a team that guided the investigations by the DCI.
Haji says his office received a report of the follow-up probe on July 9, 2020.
The investigations revealed that Ksh19 million was irregularly paid to Multserve Contractors Limited, whose directors is Robert Katana Wanje.
“The procurement process spearheaded by the CDF Account Manager and the Tender Committee was awfully flawed and marred with irregularities, skewed in favour of Multserve Contractors Limited, the company earmarked to undertake the project,” said Haji.
Out of the Ksh19 million that Multserve received in payment, Ksh2.5 million was illegally transferred to MP Jumwa’s bank accounts, said the DPP. “This amounted to conflict of interest,” he added.
“Evidence showed that Aisha Jumwa concealed the said sums, being proceeds of crime, through depositing an installment towards the purchase of an apartment situated on Argwings Kodhek Road in Nairobi.
“I am therefore satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to support charges under the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act No. 3 of 2003 and the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act No. 9 of 2009 against the suspects,” said Haji.
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