Malindi Member of Parliament, Aisha Jumwa, has come out to clarify reports that Deputy President William Ruto gifted her a luxurious mansion to coerce her to support his presidential ambition.
Speaking during a TV interview on Monday, January 3, Jumwa cleared the air regarding the matter noting that the second in command did not gift her the said mansion.
The vocal Malindi MP however made it clear that she owns a number of high-end mansions that she built and some acquired using her hard-earned money.
"Why would Ruto buy me a house yet I have been with Ruto for like four years now? I have a number of luxurious houses that I did not get from either supporting ODM or William Ruto. The ones I have are from my hard-earned proceeds and even some I acquired loans that I'm currently still repaying them," Jumwa noted.
The lawmaker explained that she pledged her loyalty and support to the second in command because of his political ideologies and what he promised to deliver to the Coastal region once he clinches the presidency.
"I love William Ruto because he has changed the conversation making it people-centered even going to an extent of coiling a name to define his ideologies, Hustle Nation," she insisted.
Jumwa who is eyeing the Kilifi governor's seat in the August 2022 General Election, also opened up on her relationship with the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
She made it clear that she respects Raila and his contribution to the nation but they differed ideologically, forcing her to decamp from ODM and join United Democratic Alliance (UDA) affiliated with Ruto.
"I respect Raila for much but we differed ideologically which forced me to ditch his camp. In ODM there is no open democracy, whatever one speaks should align with what Raila believes in or else risk facing sanctions from the party officials."
She added," Raila left us in the dark when he entered a handshake deal with President Uhuru Kenyatta. He never informed us yet we had really fought for his presidency."
She decried that the handshake has derailed the country in so many ways that everything sponsored by the team fails including the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) which is still pending after the Court declared it null and void.
The lawmaker plans to build a church and became a preacher after her stint in politics. This is after she fulfills her dream of becoming Kilifi governor in 2022 then thereafter becoming a Deputy President with the helm of her political career being the Head of State.
On her personal life, Jumwa announced that she is divorced and right now she is not answerable to any man in her life. The mother of three noted that her marriage failed when her political career blossomed.
"My ex-husband said he could not have a wife who was a politician," Jumwa explained.
she added, "there is no way I could kill my (political) career (because of my marriage), so we divorced.”
“I’m not answerable to any man even though people say I’m the one who left him.”
The MP further hinted that she is seeing someone at the moment without revealing his identity.
“Do I look like someone without a man?" Jumwa posed
"There is a difference between having a husband and having a man. I’m not married but I have a man.”
Growing up, she noted that she was raised in a polygamous family setup where her dad had married six wives and managed to get 28 kids.