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Sirisia MP John Waluke Sentenced to a Fine of Ksh594M or 7 Years in Prison

OchiengSala 06/25/2020

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Sirisia Member of Parliament John Waluke and businesswoman Grace Wakhungu have been fined Sh594 million or serve 7 years imprisonment.

The two were found guilty on Monday June 22, og defrauding the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) maize worth Ksh297 million and were being held at Kileleshwa police station.

In her ruling, Magistrate Elizebeth Juma gave that Waluke and Wakhungu an alternative to pay Ksh594 million instead of going to prison.

Waluke’s laywers lead lawyer Cliff Ombeta had pleaded with the court to have mercy on him saying that he has regretted the events that occurred.

"He can be a better person today. If you side with us then you will understand that he needs leniency. Please your honor," Ombeta said.

"We are begging that you give us the most lenient sentence. It is provided for in the laws. Look at his age, he is not a young man," he added.

Waluke also presented to court medical documents in his defence.

Prosecution’s lawyer Alexander Muteti however dismissed the medical documents saying that they are not current and cannot be relied on.

“There's a position that Waluke is likely to lose his seat. So what ? There are many other people in Sirisia who qualify for that seat.” He said.

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The Anti-corruption Court in Milimani agreed with the EACC that the claim for Sh313 million awarded in the arbitration process was based on forged invoices.

The Sirisia lawmaker used fake documents purported to emanate from a company called M/s Chelsea Freight based in South Africa.

However the directors of Chelsea Freight Company disowned the documents saying that the documents were fraudulent.

One of the directors even testified in court and stated that his company never issued such a document and that it did not deal in the maize business.

Waluke’s sentencing will shake the political élite and graft barons in the country.

The EACC had earlier announced that it will move to recover Sh300 million from Waluke and his co-director Grace Wakhungu, the mother to former CS Judy Wakhungu defrauded NCPB.

Grace who is also a sister of former Vice President Moody Awori was recently tapped by President Uhuru Kenyatta to serve as a member of the Sports, Art and Social Development Fund Board.

The graft trial that took less than two years may cost Waluke — an ardent supporter of Deputy President William Ruto — his parliamentary seat.

According to EACC Waluke and Wakhungu will pay dearly for stealing from the public as the Sh313 that they were paid fraudulently from NCPB must be refunded.

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Wakhungu and Waluke are shareholders of Erad Supplies and General Contracts Ltd, which was paid Sh313 million by the NCPB after accusing the agency of breach of contract.

A third director of Erad was a slain businessman turned corruption fighter Jacob Juma.

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Top Comments
+254-78044**** · 06/25/2020
a jail term would have been the best remedy to them who steal from the public due to selfish interests ...
GUEST_OXDGeV8lV · 06/25/2020
Very nice. . . this is what we want to see. There should be a sentencing like this every day.
GUEST_OaXG9mndY · 06/25/2020
so Jacob Juma was that corrupt
GUEST_bOM1DaaxN · 06/25/2020
pongesi...huyo magistrate ...she's sooo wonderful...God bless u always....

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