Malindi Member of Parliament (MP) Aisha Jumwa was on Wednesday arrested following the death of a relative to Ganda Ward by-election candidate Reuben Mwamure Katana.
Uncle to ODM candidate in by-election shot dead, MP arrested
Death just days before long-awaited by-election
In a tweet posted before dawn on Wednesday, Jumwa stated that police had whisked her to an undisclosed location.
"Currently, I have been arrested at my residence in Kakuyuni and I'm being taken to an unknown destination with highly guarded security officers.
"A people united will never be defeated. They will never break our resolve!" she tweeted.
ODM official speaks out after Aisha Jumwa drama
According to a statement by ODM Communications Director Philip Etale, the legislator stormed into Katana's home with armed police officers causing a scuffle that led to the unfortunate death.
"This [Tuesday] evening, she stormed a meeting of the ODM candidate Reuben Mwamure Katana at his residence where he and other party officials were training agents as required by law.
"In the ensuing melee, someone in Hon. Jumwa’s vehicle, began firing at the people. Mr. Mwamure’s uncle’s Mzee Ngumbao Jihole was shot in the chest and died as he was being rushed to hospital. Hon. Jumwa then sped off to unknown destination," Mr Etale narrated.
Shortly after the incident at Katana's residence, MP Jumwa took to social media asking her followers to "ignore the propaganda".
"It has become a custom that every time ODM goes into an election people must die. As we speak two people have already lost their lives in Kibra constituency. I strongly condemn the incident [death of Mzee Ngumbao] and if ODM wants to bring what they do out there to Ganda, let me assure them they will not do it here.
"ODM is not above the law, they cannot continue to campaign when the by-election is scheduled for Thursday," she stated.
Jumwa claims that police Land Rovers had been parked at the residence as the ODM candidate held what she alleged to have been a campaign meeting.
She defended her actions of storming the residence stating that the campaign period was officially over seeing that the by-election will be held on October 17, 2019.
The Jubilee-leaning legislator has maintained her innocence in the matter, pointing the accusing finger at the ODM party and its candidate for the death.
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