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Aisha Jumwa denies owning gun despite an active murder case

By Wangu Kanuri October 18th, 2022 1 min read

Aisha Jumwa, the Gender Cabinet Secretary nominee, has denied owning a gun.

While facing the National Assembly Appointment Committee that was vetting his appointment, Ms Jumwa was asked by Kimani Ichungwah, the National Assembly Majority leader, whether she possessed any gun. “Do you own a gun?”

“I don’t own a gun and I have never applied for a gun. The charges against me were politically motivated. On the murder case, I empathize with the family as a life was lost but I would like to say I am innocent,” she responded.

The former Malindi MP and her aide Geoffrey Otieno Okuto are suspects in the ongoing murder case where the late Jola Ngumbao was shot dead after chaos broke out at the home of Mr Reuben Katana, who was an ODM candidate in the Ganda ward by-election in Kilifi County.

In April, Mr Alfred Kahindi, who was then the party agent, said that Ms Jumwa, her two bodyguards and a crowd stormed the home of Mr Reuben Katana, resulting in violence. It is believed the deceased was shot dead.

However, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) tweeted that it is not in touch with the victims’ family in the Ms Jumwa’s case.

“Her advocate informed the ODPP that his client was in the process of negotiating with the victims’ family with a view to having the case against her withdrawn. The prosecution also acknowledged receipt of the letter from Aisha’s advocate requesting a review of the decision to charge her as she was not the principal offender who fired the fatal gunshot. She is now willing to testify as a prosecution witness.”

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