Graft Watch: Obado, Jumwa released on hefty fines

Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa appears before an open court at the Mombasa Law Courts on Monday, August 31, accompanied by lawyer Cliff Ombeta/CFM

Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa has been released on a sh2 million cash bail and an alternative Sh5 million bond.

 The judge said, “I have considered the submissions from the prosecution and also the defense counsels. I have also considered the laws on bond and bail. The accused is an MP and therefore she is not flight risk,”

Jumwa was charged with six counts including money laundering, acquiring proceeds of a crime, conflict of interests as well as fraud.

Nyaloti reduced their bond from Sh5 million to Sh2 million as well as the cash bail from Sh2 million to Sh500,000.

She said the terms will be further reviewed downwards if the accused fail to raise the bond.

Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi of the Milimani Anti-Corruption Court, also barred Mr. Obado from accessing his office pending the conclusion of the trial.

The officer investigating the case was directed to escort him to pick personal stuff from his office.

The court also prohibited the governor from traveling outside the country.

Governor Obado and his four children are accused of stealing money amounting to millions of shillings from public coffers.

His ten co-accused were also freed on different bail terms of between Sh2 million and Sh8.2 million.

They were barred from accessing county government offices.

All the accused were warned against interfering with State witnesses.