Police have arrested controversial Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa after one person was shot dead, shortly after the legislator stormed a meeting of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) agents.
The vocal MP who was elected on an ODM ticket but severed ties with the Raila Odinga’s party.
Jumwa is alleged to have stormed the meeting which was being held at the house ODM aspirant for of Ganda ward in Kilifi county, Reuben Katana.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) scheduled a by-election for Thursday, October 17, after Abdulrahman Mohammed’s 2017 General Election victory was nullified by court following a successful petition by Katana, the latter having vied on an KADU ticket, and the former being an ODM member.
Mohamed however, switched to be an independent candidate and Katana was picked by ODM after the petition.
After Jumwa stormed the ODM contestant’s house, chaos erupted leading to the shooting and killing of Katana’s uncle.
Sources privy to Saasanews.co.ke said the meeting was to organise ODM agents on how to monitor the election and had nothing to do with campaigns.
Jumwa’s storming came shortly after armed police officers were deployed to Katana’s home to probe which meeting was taking place, the IEBC having declared Monday, October 14, the last day for campaigns.
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“The police inquired what was happening and on finding out it was an agents’ meeting offered security. The MP stormed the home with his supporters and her bodyguard is suspected to be the person who fired and killed the deceased,” the source said.
Several people were injured in the ugly camaraderie.
“An angry Jumwa together with bodyguards forced herself to the home despite police resistance. There was confrontation and teargas canisters were lobbed to disperse crowds,” said Haimisi Omar, an eye witness.
ODM officials including Secretary General Edwin Sifuna had traversed Ganda on Sunday, October 13, 2019 to help Katana campaign.