A drama was witnessed in court yesterday after lawyers representing the Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa in her 20 Million graft case withdrew their services leaving her stranded in the court premises.
The four lawyers including Danstan Omari, Jared Magolo, Shadrack Wamboi, and Titus Kirui yesterday walked out of the court amid complaints of the prosecution ambushing them with new charges.
Lawyer Danstan Omari stated that they were no longer able to take instructions from their client after the court decided to ammend the charges against her.
The new development left the Malindi lawmaker stranded and asking the courts to grant her one more week to be able to source for a new team of lawyers.
The new charge sheet read that the Member of Parliament and her co accused had conspired to defraud the Malindi National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) funds to the tune of Ksh19 million.
This was after the lawmaker had in 2019 been accused of stealing 20 Million, contrary to what was read in court yesterday.
Her team of lawyers tried to apply for the adjournment of the case but the Chief magistrate Edna Nyaloti declined to to give them more time to re-group before the proceeding of her case.
“This is trial by ambush. We urge the matter to be adjourned,” said Omari.
Her legal team decried of the new charges carrying heavier consequences on their client than before.
“Since we cannot take any instructions from our clients as it is, we seek to withdraw our legal representation and have them look for new counsel,” Omari made it clear.
The lawmaker is charged alongside six others including Wachu Omar Abdalla (Malindi CDF Account Manager), Kennedy Otieno Onyango, Bernard Riba Kai, Sophia Saidi Charo, and Margaret Faith Kalume, who are members of the Malindi Tender Evaluation Committee, as well as Robert Katana Wanje, a Director of Multserve Contractors Limited.
They are all faced with a record 13 offenses including forgery, fraud in procurement and money laundering.