Waluke And Wakhungu in Trouble as EACC Acts Swiftly to Seize Ksh300 Million Worth of Assets
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The country has now begun to clearly see how cartels in Kenya are exploiting the country's agencies and institutions from what has been seen from the maize scandal in the Waluke case. Now, as Waluke and Wakhungu ponder at the many years in jail ahead of them or how they will pay up a fine of close to a billion per individual, the EACC has acted swiftly and is seeking to recover Sh 300 million from Sirisia MP John Waluke and his co-director Grace Wakhungu.
Sentencing and recovery is what Kenyans want to see of those considered as untouchables and this is only the beginning of what the country is to see if all institutions including the Judiciary work in line with the President's commitment on fighting graft.
In the Waluke case, it has been revealed that Grace Wakhungu is sister to former Vice President Moody Awori who was recently tapped by President Uhuru Kenyatta to serve as a member of the Sports, Art and Social Development Fund Board. She is also the mother to former environmental CS Professor Judy Wakhungu who is now serving as the Kenya Ambassador to France.
On the part of EACC, Twalib Mbarak who is the CEO that the two must refund the loot and will indeed pay dearly for the theft of public funds amounting to Sh313 millionEACC chief executive officer Twalib Mbarak said the two will pay dearly for stealing from the public as the Sh313 that they were paid fraudulently from the public coffers must be refunded.
Pointing out that it was an outright act of fraud, Mbarak said,
“We will file for a recovery of the money from the assets they have accumulated. We will also freeze their accounts because they stole from the public".
The company in question is Erad Supplies and General Contracts Ltd, where Grace Wakhungu and Waluke are shareholders, which had threatened to auction silos, buildings and vehicles of the NCPB if they were not paid the Sh 313 million. Thus NCPB paid up after being accused of breaching a 2004 contract.