Why Aisha Jumwa attended murder trial virtually while at State House
The Office of the Director of Criminal Investigations Noordin Haji has explained that the Public Service Cabinet Secretary Aisha Jumwa attended her murder trial virtually.
According to the information on social media, the CS failed to appear because she was waiting for her swearing-in as the CS by President William Ruto, which has now been dismissed.
But according to the ODPP, Ms Jumwa attended the trial virtually because she was hanging around at the State House waiting to be sworn in.
According to Haji, Aisha’s lawyer Dunstan Omari appeared in person and explained why his client was attending the trial virtually.
“Dunstan Omari, one of Ms. Jumwa’s lawyers, while responding to why his client was appearing virtually, said that she had to hang around State House, waiting for her appointment. Court records can confirm this,” ODPP said.
The office has also called for factual reporting and will take action against people misinforming the public.
“The ODPP takes great exception to such reporting from journalists and media houses that continues to misreport and misrepresent facts. We will take action against such reporting. The ODPP is always available for clarification.”
Aisha had pleaded not guilty to the murder of Michael Ngumbao Jola in 2020.
However, the family of the late Jola had sought to withdraw the case as it had agreed with the suspect to settle the issue outside the court.
“The victim’s family was desirous of having the matter settled out of court considering that the second accused was not the principle offender in this matter,” Senior State Counsel Vivian Kambaga told the High Court.
Ms Aisha is among the 22 Cabinet Secretaries appointed by President Ruto. Their mandate will be to help him achieve his agenda and manifesto of the Kenya Kwanza Alliance.
The new team is expected to take the oath of office on Thursday after the president gazetted their names on Wednesday evening.
The MPs debated and approved the names of all nominees at the National Assembly chambers on Wednesday, reversing the initial move that saw the Tourism CS nominee Peninah Malonza being rejected.
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