Aisha Jumwa arrested in Malindi
Malindi Mp Aisha Jumwa is being detained at the Kilindini police station in Mombasa after she was arrested on Tuesday night after an ODM supporter was shot dead during a fracas ahead of Ganda Ward by-elections tomorrow.
The chaos which led to the shooting of the ODM supporter broke out after the legislator stormed a meeting organized by the party officials at home of its candidate for the by-election.
Jumwa was arrested at her home in Kakuyuni and taken to the Malindi police station before being moved to Mombasa.
Reports indicate that violence erupted moments after Jumwa stormed the meeting at Pendukiani village in Ganda ward at around 5pm demanding that the meeting be stopped because election campaigns officially ended on Monday.
It is alleged that Jumwa with her supporters begun confronting the ODM leaders who were at the time meeting with over 300 supporters under tents.
Those present included Mombasa Deputy Governor Dr William Kingi, Magarini MP Michael Kingi, Kilifi North MP Owen Baya, former Malindi MP Willy Mtengo together with some ODM officials from Nairobi and Mombasa among others.
During the fracas Ngumbao Jola was reportedly shot on the left side of the chest and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Malindi sub-county hospital.
Tension is high in Malindi and the entire Ganda ward following the death as ODM leaders claim Jumwa is responsible for the shooting.
They claimed the meeting was meant to recruit agents and not a rally as alleged by Jumwa.
When Journalists arrived at the Malindi Sub county hospital relatives and ODM supporters were trying to come to terms with the death.
Jola's body was still lying at the casualty wing.
Vincent Safari Katana, a relative to the deceased who was present during the meeting said everything was well until Jumwa together with her supporters arrived.
He said the incident occurred at around 5pm when they were planning how agents would be deployed to different polling stations.
''I saw Aisha Jumwa and goons, they started chaos and disrupted the meeting. At that time, there were about eight police officers who were trying to keep the peace,'' he said.
He said Jumwa was hostile and wanted to fight other people including women leaders who were present.
Hamisi Musa another ODM supporter who was at the meeting said they were not in a rally and no MP or Leader present addressed political matters.
He wondered why the Mp had stormed the meeting leading to the death of one of their own.
The deceased is said to be a relative of Katana.
At the Malindi Police station, ODM leaders who had camped there to record statements and seek justice protested accusing the police of failing to act against the MP who caused violence.
Magarini MP who was leading the delegation said Jumwa should be held responsible for the death.
Kingi said he was also assaulted while defending two supporters who were being sought by Jumwa supporters.
However, in a quick rejoinder, Jumwa dismissed claims that she shot the ODM supporter during the fracus.
Jumwa said she spent the better part of Tuesday in Watamu and while taking lunch at Crab shack restaurant her supporters who were in the meeting sent pictures informing her of the ongoing rally.
The MP who spoke at her home said she called the OCPD Malindi to inform him about the meeting but they took no action.
''By evening when the police failed to act, I called the OCPD again and told him I would take action because campaign period is over and thats why i stormed the meeting,'' she said.
Jumwa said during the fracas police officers who were present told her to leave as they would handle the situation and by the time she left no one had been shot.
She asked investigating agencies to conduct to establish who pulled the trigger.