Combative Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa is in great stress after her arrest and arraignment in court over chaos that rocked an MCA by-election in her constituency last week resulting into the death of a man.
Other than the arrest, her candidate Abdulrahaman Omar was whitewashed at the ballot by the ODM candidate Reuben Katana during the Ganda ward by-election.
Jumwa’s defeat and her arrest is a big blow to her ego and bragging rights as she has in recent times portrayed herself as the emerging Coast political queen ready to vanquish the likes of Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho on behalf of William Ruto ahead of 2022 general elections.
Sources say that she spent a fortune in the Ganda ward campaigns as she intended to use her candidate’s victory as a springboard for her 2022 Kilifi gubernatorial bid.
And even as she licks her wounds over the unexpected loss of the MCA seat in her own backyard, it has emerged that the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission detectives are hot on the MP’s heels over alleged corruption in the Malindi NG-CDF where millions of shillings are reported to have been looted.
Insiders claim that EACC is interested in the NG-CDF tenders where the MP’s sister and other close relatives are the beneficiaries. It’s alleged that proxy companies have been used to siphon off public funds.
At the same time, investigations are ongoing in Kilifi county government in relation to the MP’s companies which were allocated multi- million tenders but carried out shoddy work.
One of the controversial tenders by the MP was the laying of Cabro within sections of Kilifi township pavements and roads which was shoddily done, but paid for.
But after a public outcry, the Kilifi county government was forced to award it to another contractor to re-do the work at an extra cost.
The legislator’s companies are also said to be on KRA radar for alleged failure to remit taxes.
Her ODM party on the other hand is plotting another disciplinary action against Jumwa in view of the role she played in the Ganda ward by-election where she fronted a candidate other than the one for the party that sponsored her to parliament.
And in view of the criminal case facing her, ODM will reportedly attempt again to force her removal as a commissioner in the parliamentary service commission, it has been stated.
Past attempts by ODM to kick her out of PSC came a cropper after DP Ruto’s brigade in parliament insulated her. ODM is likely to use the strength of the handshake to achieve its aim.
Another fear in Jumwa’s camp is that it is unknown how DP Ruto will react to the Malindi MP’s mounting woes given that the hustler is known for tactically dumping political friends once they offend the law.
Even more worrying is the established fact that when the DP toured Coast in September for a series of meetings, he was reportedly shocked to discover how much political ground he had lost compared to the previous visits.
The DP established among the reasons he had lost political friends in the Coast region was Jumwa’s style of politics with claims she blocked other leaders from accessing the DP by insisting that they had to pass through her first to get his attention.
And a number of Coast MPs have been overheard lamenting that whenever they reached the DP on phone or in person, he was fond of referring them to Jumwa to plan for meetings in their respective constituencies, something they said they could no longer stomach hence keeping off his meetings to spite the Malindi MP.
Another obvious blow to the Malindi MP is his fallout with Kilifi governor Amason Kingi who last week blasted her after the shooting dead of a man in Ganda ward after she stormed a meeting for agents of the ODM candidate who won the by-election.
Kingi who in the past has been cautious in attacking the MP, went full blast and said he was distancing Kilifi people from the reckless and primitive actions of the legislator.
The governor said Kilifi people are peaceful and abhors the shedding of innocent blood in the name of pursuing political ambitions.
Now with Kingi apparently on the opposite side, Jumwa who has been styling herself as the preferred successor could from now henceforth see her fortunes nosedive.