Embattled Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa has been questioned by officers at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations over alleged embezzlement of Sh57,711,690 that was meant for National Government Constituency Development Fund projects to empower citizens.
Linked to the scam are the MP’s two children trading under the amorphous Kaseru Construction Limited.
According to a report by Economic and Commercial Crimes Unit from the foregoing, it is clear that there was collusion to embezzle public funds and there was a conflict of interest on the part of Aisha Jumwa Karisa.
Four firms associated with Jumwa are said to have received a total of Sh312,624,464.
Out of the amount, Aisha is said to have received a total of Sh57,711,690 into her bank account.
Between March 2014 to August 2018, her children’s company, Kaseru Construction Ltd, received Sh 64,735,504 from Kilifi county through their Equity Bank account. The funds are said to have been for payment of services rendered to the county through a number of tenders.
One of the listed transactions is Sh9,495,512 to Kaseru Construction Ltd on May 11 two years ago.
After the payment was done, Aisha Jumwa surprisingly received Sh3 million.
At the same time, her Likoni counterpart Mishi Juma Hamisi apparently also received Sh3, 000,000.
Other transactions involve withdrawals from a leading bank on an account operated by Jumwa’s son Karisa.
The withdrawals totaled to Sh46, 100,509. The same account transferred another Sh5,000,000 to Likoni MP Hamisi and Sh15,150,000 to Jumwa. Jumwa’s daughter received Sh40,685,000 from the same account.
A second company—Gadu Stores– also said to be run by Jumwa’s son, registered on April 11 2014 supplied ECD furniture to Kilifi county. Using an account at Equity Bank,it was paid Sh30,000,000 from the county. Immediately, thereafter, Sh4,020,000 from this account was transferred to Jumwa via RGTS.
Jumwa is being investigated with 10 others for abuse of office, money laundering, failing to adhere to procurement procedures, bid rigging, conspiracy to commit an offence and fraudulent acquisition of public property.
Other suspects are: Wachu Omar Abdallah, Kennedy Otieno his new found lover, Bernard Rimba Kai, Sophia Saidi Charo, Margaret Kalume, Bizcot Ltd, Sedika General Suppliers Ltd, Super Cribs Enterprises, Multserve Contractors Ltd and Tascorpts Ltd
Multserve Contractors Ltd directors are Robert Katana Wanje and Rachel Neema Karisa and who allegedly received Sh19,002,000 from Malindi National Government CDF.
The company also received Sh48,403,017 from Kilifi county depositing into an account at with bank in question between November 2017 and December 2018. After receiving payment from Malindi NG-CDF, the company transferred Sh2, 500,000 to Jumwa’s personal account.
On the same day, Aisha made a down payment of Sh2,860,000 for a four-bedroom house on Argwings Kodhek Road in Nairobi.
One of the directors of Multserve Contractors Ltd, however, alleged that the payment to Jumwa was for a loan she had given him. Multserve Contractors Ltd is also reported to have transacted with the company owned by Jumwa’s two children: Kaseru Construction Ltd in 2017.