Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa was on Thursday grilled by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) over allegedly embezzling Sh300million of public funds.
Documents reveal that the MP’s two children are also implicated in the scandal through their company Kaseru Construction Ltd.
“From the foregoing, it is clear that there was collusion to embezzle public funds and there was major conflict of interest on the part of Aisha Jumwa Karisa,” the document from the Economic and Commercial Crimes Unit reads.
Four companies linked to Jumwa are said to have received a total of Sh. 312,624,464. Out of this amount, the MP allegedly received a total of Sh57,711,690 into her bank account. It is alleged that between March 2014 to August 2018, her children’s company Kaseru Construction Ltd received Sh64,735,504 from Kilifi County through their Equity Bank account.
The funds are said to have been for payment of services rendered to the county through a number of tenders. One of the listed transactions is Sh9,495, 512.05 allegedly sent to Kaseru Construction Ltd on May 11 two years ago.
The DCI report further indicates that after the payment was made, MP Aisha Jumwa coincidentally received Sh3million. Other transactions under investigation by the DCI include withdrawals from a Cooperative Bank account operated by Jumwa’s son Karisa.
The withdrawals are said to have totaled Sh46,100,509. Jumwa’s daughter is alleged to have received Sh40,685,000 from the same account.
A second company—Gadu Stores– also said to be run by Jumwa’s son, was listed in the DCI statement.He is apparently the sole proprietor of the company that was registered on April 11, 2014 and allegedly contracted to supply ECD furniture to Kilifi County. An account at Equity Bank under the company’s name reportedly received Sh30,000,000 from the county.
The DCI is seeking to have Jumwa and 10 others be prosecuted for abuse of office, money laundering, failing to adhere to procurement procedures, bid rigging, conspiracy to commit an offense and fraudulent acquisition of public property.
Multserve Contractors Ltd, whose directors the DCI identified as Robert Katana Wanje and Rachel Neema Karisa, is said to have received Sh19,002,000 from CDF.
The DCI said investigations revealed that the company had been contracted to build an office block at Malindi sub county.After receiving payment from Malindi CDF, the company apparently transferred Sh.2,500,000 to Jumwa’s personal account.
On the same day, the MP is said to made a down payment of Sh.2,860,000 for a four-bedroom house on Argwings Kodhek Road in Nairobi. She is also said to have bought a LandCruiser V8 at Sh.8million cash and paid for an off-plan property worth Sh.25million in cash in Malindi.
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