Gumbao’s murder: Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa, Geoffrey Oteno freed on Ksh4M and Ksh.1M cash bail respectively


Gumbao's murder: Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa, Geoffrey Oteno freed on Ksh4M and Ksh.1M ...
Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa and her aide Geoffrey Otieno at a Mombasa Court on Friday, October 23. Photo: Courtesy

Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa has been freed on a Ksh.4M cash bail, or a surety of the same amount after spending four nights in the police cells.

Her aide, Geoffrey Otieno has been freed on a Ksh.1m cash bail or a surety of a similar amount.

The legislator and her aide appeared before a Mombasa Court on Friday to answer murder charges.

The two are accused of Gumbao Jola’s murder during the Ganda Ward by-elections last year.

Earlier on Thursday, the MP and her bodyguard failed to take plea in the murder case over a medical report mix-up.

The two had appeared before High Court Judge Njoki Mwangi.

During the session, Judge Mwangi questioned the validity of MP Jumwa’s report as it bore the signature of a psychiatrist not recognized the court.

The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) also failed to produce Mr. Otieno’s medical examination report, forcing the judge defer plea taking for a while.

The court was told that the MP’s medical report had a different signature as the previous psychiatrist had retired, leaving his colleague in charge.

The prosecution sought to have the plea taking proceed, a request that objected to, directing that the missing report be availed before the two are charged.

The two have been in custody since Monday.

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