A standoff was witnessed in court after a team of lawyers representing Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa in her case protested against the lawmaker over their dues.
The lawyers; Danstan Omari, Jared Magolo, Shadrack Wambui and Titus Kirui demanded that Jumwa pay them their dues before handing over crucial files in her case.
Reports reveal that the lawyers refused to surrender the defence records which they had planned to use in court until the Malindi MP paid them.
Chief Magistrate Edna Nyaloti had summoned the lawyers on August Wednesday 11, 2021 over the legislator’s stalled case and ordered the state to provide the new defense lawyers led by Cliff Ombeta and Duncan Osoro with new documents over Jumwa’s case.
This is after Lawyer Omari had petitioned the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to investigate the conduct of Magistrate Nyaloti while handling the Ksh. 20 million graft case against Jumwa and six others.
In a letter dated Tuesday, August 10, 2021 addressed to Chief Justice Martha Koome, Omari wants the JSC to investigate Nyaloti citing bias against the defence team.
In his letter, the lawyer cited 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.
“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 defense found themselves in, we (the defense team) was forced to apply to the court to be discharged from representing the accused in the matter.”