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Aisha Jumwa’s nomination as Cabinet Secretary rejected by the Minority Committee

By HARRIET MUGO

A minority report by the committee on appointment has rejected the nomination of Aisha Jumwa, the nominee for Public Service and Gender.

The Committee cited her ongoing murder case where she is accused of murdering Juma Ngumbao.

The report disapproving Jumwa appointment argues that although the constitution hold that one is innocent until proven guilty, the requirement doesn’t hold for individuals appointed in high public office.

“The members stated that they hold the strong view that the principle of presumption of innocence until proven guilty should never apply in situations of appointment to a high public office in the Republic of Kenya,” read the report.

A section of Azimio La Umoja One Kenya legislators who were in support of the minority report insisted that although Jumwa argued that she shot no one and even offered to be a prosecution witness in the murder case, her revelations were basically unconvincing.

“The members found that Hon Aisha Jumwa is unfit to hold public office due to the gravity of criminal case against her, the integrity questions it raises, and the unsatisfactory responses provided. The members therefore rejects her nominations to the cabinet,” said the report.

During the vetting Jumwa defended herself saying she never killed any one.

“I am clear in my mind that I never shot anyone because I don’t own a gun.I am not a gun holder and I don’t know the names of the guns in this country,” Jumwa said.

Jumwa was charged alongside her bodyguard Geoffrey Okuto in 2020 over Ngumbao’s murder.

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