Aisha Jumwa, the cabinet secretary for public service and gender, has officially been cleared of the murder charge.
At Mombasa High Court, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) filed a motion to have the murder charge dropped and to have Jumwa testify as a state witness.
The ODPP informed the court in a letter that while the evidentiary test in respect to the doctrine of common purpose had not been satisfied, the threshold test had been satisfied at the time the decision to charge had been made.
The court was informed that, given the facts, "the charges against the second accused can consequently not be sustained."
Jumwa will now serve as a state witness and is anticipated to give a deposition against Geoffrey Okuto, her former bodyguard.
Her attorneys Danstan Omari and Shadrach Wambui requested that the prosecution file be reviewed by the ODPP, which was then able to do so.
The defense stated, "We have no objection to the discharge of the second accused, after which the first accused may enter a new plea."
We appreciate the fact that the state looked at the evidence and determined there was none, said Omari.
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