Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa was a no show at the Mombasa Law Courts because she is ailing, her lawyer Danstan Omari explained.
Omari told Chief Magistrate Edna Nyaloti that his client could not make it as she was receiving treatment in a county far away from Mombasa.
But the magistrate ordered that the suspect appears in person on Monday, August 31.
“I hope she will be in good health by then so that she can take plea,” Omari said.
On Thursday, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) ordered for the immediate arrest and prosecution of Jumwa and six others for their involvement in misappropriation of Constituency Development Funds (CDF) amounting to Sh19 million.
The six are; Wachu Omar Abdalla (Malindi CDF Account Manager), Kennedy Otieno Onyango, Bernard Riba Kai, Sophia Saidi Charo and Margaret Faith Kalume – members of the Malindi Tender Evaluation Committee.
The other was Robert Katana Wanje a Director of Multserve Contractors Limited.
Multserve Contractors Limited, was awarded a Sh19 million tender for the construction of Malindi Sub-County Education Office after which the company transferred some Sh2.5 million to Jumwa’s account.
“Multserve Contractors Limited received an amount of Kshs. 19,002,000.00/=, out of which Kshs. 2,500,000.000/= was illegally transferred to Hon. Aisha Jumwa Karisa Katana whilst being a Member of Parliament for Malindi Constituency. This amounted to conflict of interest,” DPP said.
Jumwa used the monies to purchase apartment along Argwings Kodhek Road in Nairobi.
The accused persons were charged with conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption, wilful failure to comply with procurement laws, conflic of interest, money laundering among other counts.
They entered not guilty pleas and were released on Sh10 million bond or Sh5 million cash bail, each.