Aish Jumwa’s cross: Law maker ,bodyguard remanded until Thursday pending plea taking in murder case

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,19TH,OCT,2020-Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa and her aide Geoffrey Okuto Otieno have been remanded until Thursday, October 22 when they will be expected to take plea in a murder case.

The two appeared before Judge Njoki Mwangi on Monday morning.

The court directed that the two undergo a mental assessment at the Coast General Hospital before the plea taking.

The latest comes days after the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) approved murder and assault charges against the MP over the killing of a man and injury of several other people during the Ganda Ward by-election in 2019.

Mombasa Regional Head Alloys Kemo okayed the charges against the MP as well as her aide Geoffrey Okuto Otieno.

The two, according to sources privy to the matter, are now set to undergo mental assessments next Wednesday before being charged in court.

The man was shot dead in a scuffle between rival Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party supporters in Ganda Ward in Malindi, Kilifi County, in October last year.

The incident occurred after MP Jumwa reportedly stormed a meeting of ODM agents at a house belonging to Reuben Katana, the ODM candidate and eventual winner of the by-election.

Jumwa allegedly demanded to know why such a meeting would be held at night after the campaign period had lapsed.

ODM officials, however, reportedly insisted that the meeting was meant for agents’ training.

MP Jumwa was on October 16, 2019 arrested at her home in Kakuyuni, Malindi, over the incident before later being released.

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