A Mombasa court has issued a warrant of arrest against former Malindi Member of Parliament (MP) Aisha Jumwa.
Mombasa Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku issued the orders to be effected by police officers after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) applied for the orders seeking to have Jumwa arrested for absconding court in a corruption matter before the court.
"Warrant of arrest against the suspect is hereby issued, the court notes that on two occasions the suspect has failed to appear before the court to facilitate the hearing of the matter for trial," Muuku ruled.
The Chief Magistrate further declined to withdraw the warrant of arrest against Jumwa after she (through her lawyer) produced a medical report indicating that she was unwell and unable to attend court.
"I dismiss the application by the defence counsel seeking to have the orders set aside since prosecution in its application has indicated to the court that Jumwa has been spotted on National Television," the Magistrate noted.
Jumwa is implicated in a Ksh19 million fraud case where she is accused of taking part in unlawful transactions in the Malindi National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF).
She was charged alongside other Malindi CDF officials who have since denied the offence.
According to the court documents, the offence is said to have been committed between May 14 and October 12, 2018, in Malindi.
She was since charged with conflict of interest, acquisition of proceeds of crime and money laundering.
She ordered the matter to be mentioned on August 23.