The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Thursday questioned Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa over alleged misappropriation of public funds.
The MP’s two children – son Kalume Karisa and daughter Selina Selume Sidi – are also implicated in the multi-million scandal. The two are listed as directors of Kaseru Construction Ltd, one of the companies through which suspicious transactions were made.
According to DCI documents, between March 2014 to August 2018, Kaseru Ltd received a total of Sh64, 735, 504 from Kilifi County through their Equity Bank account.
The amount is said to have been for payment of services rendered to the county through a number of tenders.
One of the listed transactions shows that Sh 9,495, 512.05 was sent to Kaseru Construction Ltd on May 11, two years ago. After the payment was made, Aisha Jumwa coincidentally received Sh3million, the DCI reports.
At the same time, Likoni MP Mishi Mboko also allegedly received Sh3,000,000.
The DCI is also probing withdrawals totaling Sh46,100,509 from a Cooperative Bank account operated by Jumwa’s son Karisa.
The said account reportedly transferred Sh5,000,000 to Likoni MP Hamisi, Sh15,150,000 to Jumwa, and Sh40,685,000 to Jumwa’s daughter Selina.
Detectives are also probing a second company —Gadu Stores– run by Jumwa’s son.
Mr Karisa is said to be the sole proprietor of the company that was registered on April 11, 2014 and allegedly contracted to supply ECD furniture to Kilifi County.
The company’s account at Equity Bank reportedly received Sh30,000,000 from Kilifi County. The account then allegedly wired Sh4,020,000 to Jumwa.
The DCI wants Aisha Jumwa and 10 others to 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.
Other suspects include Margaret Kalume, Sophia Saidi Charo, Bernard Rimba Kai, Wachu Omar Abdallah, Kennedy Otieno, M/S Bizcot Ltd, M/S Sedika General Suppliers Ltd, M/S Super Cribs Enterprises, Multserve Contractors Ltd, and M/S Tascorpts Ltd.
-Additional Reporting on Citizen Digital.