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Massive withdrawal of corruption cases by DPP facing Ruto allies elicit reactions

DPP has again withdrawn the corruption case facing one of the Ruto allies, Aisha Jumwa with the Kenyans questioning the motive.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on Wednesday, October 12, withdrew the Ksh19 million graft case against Public Service Cabinet Secretary nominee Aisha Jumwa. 

According to reports, the DPP dropped the charges in accordance with Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) Section 87(a), which gives public prosecutors the freedom to drop their case against anyone at any time before a verdict is handed down.

Jumwa was charged with participating in illegal transactions in Malindi’s Constituency Development Fund in the Ksh19 million fraud case (CDF).

The former Malindi member of parliament was also accused of money laundering, receiving proceeds of crime, and conflict of interest.

Since the prosecutor filed the charges in 2019, the case had been dragged in court.

The Azimio la Umoja-OKA criticized the list, pointing out that many nominees shouldn’t be approved by Parliament due to integrity concerns.

The withdrawal of Aisha Jumwa cases comes after a case-attempted rape in a hotel in Nanyuki; facing Agriculture CS nominee Mithika Linturi was dropped.

In addition, DPP also on Wednesday withdrew the case against former Kenya Power managing director Ben Chumo and 10 others citing a lack of evidence.

Ben Chumo was charged in 2018 together with others for charges related to the supply of faulty transformers worth Sh400 million.

Meanwhile, magistrate Thomas Nzioki declined to withdraw the Ksh80 million graft case pitting former Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal. 

According to the magistrate, the DPP did not provide a justification for the withdrawal, hence he could not approve the plea. 

Reactions over the withdrawal of corruption cases by DPP facing Ruto allies 

Narok Senator Ledama Olekina has taken issue with the dropping of graft charges against Public Service and Gender Cabinet nominee Aisha Jumwa and former Kenya Power MD Ben Chumo.

He has insinuated that the move by the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji is a ‘cleansing’ exercise.

“Clean them all…it’s their time to eat,” Ledama said in a tweet.

“The withdrawal of the many corruption cases by DPP Noordin Haji clearly shows a compromised judicial & prosecution system that has gone to bed with the executive to serve their interests. In the end, it’s Kenyans and our economy that is at a loss,” DAP-K Party tweeted.

“Do not blame DPP Noordin Haji for anything. He’s basically under siege. The aim of William Ruto is corruption friendly. He can’t do anything about it. All graft lords and murder suspects allied to UDA will be acquitted. Aisha Jumwa and Lenolkulal are just but the beginning,” Abuga Makori tweeted.

“The rate at which the DPP Noordin Haji is withdrawing cases will leave the EACC, DCI, and the Judiciary with no work to do! They will have no cases to deal with,” Alinur Mohamed said.

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