Jumwa: I will fight back attempts to bring me down
What you need to know:
- Ms Jumwa supports Deputy President William Ruto and is among his key allies in the region since she decamped from the Orange Democratic Movement.
- The two were arrested and later released on Sh500,000 cash bail each by a Mombasa court pending investigation.
Embattled Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa has vowed to remain unbowed over an alleged plot she claims that is aimed at finishing her politically.
Speaking outside the Mombasa Law Courts after she was charged with corruption, Ms Jumwa said her arraignment is politically motivated, but she will fight back. Ms Jumwa supports Deputy President William Ruto and is among his key allies in the region since she decamped from the Orange Democratic Movement.
“I know all this is being done to fight me because of my stand. In two weeks, they are planning to bring me here again to charge me with murder, but I want to tell them I will not be cowed down by their attempts to bring me down,” said Ms Jumwa who was accompanied by her lawyers. She vowed to fight back.
She warned the courts against being use to settle political scores. On her claims that another charges are being plotted against her, Ms Jumwa said she will ensure that they are defeated.
“They have plotted everything, but I will remain in this country and I will not be defeated by them,” she said. The murder charge that Ms Jumwa alluded to is related to the killing of killing of Mr Michael Jola Ngumbao, uncle of Ganda MCA Ruben Mwamure Katana during the Ganda by-election last year.
Ms Jumwa together with Mr Geofrey Okuto are said to have been involved in the death of Mr Ngumbao who was shot dead at Mshongaleni Pendukiani in Malindi on October 15, 2019 after the lawmaker and her aides stormed Mr Mwamure’s home where he was holding a meeting with his supporters.
The two were arrested and later released on Sh500,000 cash bail each by a Mombasa court pending investigation.
Conflict of interest
On Monday, Ms Jumwa was charged with conspiracy to defraud the Malindi National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) of Sh19 million, conflict of interest, money laundering and acquisition of proceeds of crime.
She was released on a Sh5 million bond with a surety of the same amount or an alternative of Sh2 million cash bail after she denied the charges.
The MP's co-accused, who pleaded to the charges on Friday, had their bond terms reduced from Sh10 million to Sh2 million bond each with surety or an alternative Sh500,000 cash bail.
The case will be mentioned on September 21 for pre-trial.