A standoff was earlier today witnessed in the graft case pitting Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa after the lawyers representing her protested over their dues in court.
The Aisha Jumwa defence team demanded that the Malindi legislator pay them their dues before handing over their crucial documents to the new team in their stalled case.
Reports from the Standard indicate that the four lawyers Danstan Omari, Jared Magolo, Shadrack Wambui and Titus Kirui declined to hand over their filed records they had planned to use until they are paid.
This is after the Chief Magistrate in the case Edna Nyaloti summoned them today Wednesday 11, August 2021, over the stalled case.
Nyaloti ordered the state to provide the new defence team comprising of lawyers Cliff Ombeta and Duncan Osoro with new documents on the Jumwa graft case.
The prosecution also accused the defence team of stalling the case earlier today with their court theatrics.
Lawyer Danstan Omari had challenged the Judicial Service Commission(JSC) to investigate the conduct of Magistrate Nyaloti in handling the 20 Million graft case against Jumwa and six others.
In his letter dated Tuesday August 10, 2021 addressed to the lady Justice Martha Koome, Omari wanted Edna Nyaloti investigated citing bias against the Aisha Jumwa defence team.
Omari gave an example of the Monday August 9, 2021, court proceedings where Jumwa was presented with fresh graft charges by the prosecution team including forgery, fraud in procurement, and money laundering, different from the earlier charge sheet.
“Hon. Nyaloti declined our humble request to adjourn the matter and insisted that the case must proceed notwithstanding the fact that she is on transfer to Nakuru Law Courts as the head of the station,” read part of the letter.
“That as a result of your honours show of appreciation for the predicament the defence found themselves in, we (the defence team) was forced to apply to the court to be discharged from representing the accused in the matter.”