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Sacked Cabinet Secretary Attends Sentencing of MP in Show of Solidarity

ShemBevertonMukalo 06/25/2020

View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Embattled Siria member of parliament John Waluke. He has been found guilty in a multi-million shilling maize scam. [Source/ Courtesy]

Former cabinet secretary Rashid Echesa who was sacked from the Sports docket was among the people who attended the sentencing of Sirisia member of parliament John Waluke. Looking sharp in a suit and a tie to supplement his look, Mr Echesa sat at the back, following keenly as lawyers on both sides made submissions for and against a custodial sentence. The two leaders have been singing from the same hymn book and the sentencing was an opportunity for the former Sports cabinet secretary to show his solidarity with a troubled comrade.

The legislator, a staunch ally of the deputy president Dr William Ruto has been accused of fraudulently receiving millions of shillings in a corrupt deal. His team of lawyers led by renowned criminal lawyers Cliff Ombetta and Danstan Omari pleaded with the judge hearing the corruption case to hand him a non-custodial sentence given his standing in the society. The two also argued that the member of parliament was advanced in age hence vulnerable to the Coronavirus. "We are not demanding, we are on bended knee. We are requesting you to hand him a non-custodial sentence, " criminal lawyer Clifff Ombetta pleaded with the judge listening to the case.

The crime for which he was being charged is said to have transpired years ago before he became a memberr of parliament. At the time, Mr Walukhe was a businessman. Prosecutors say that at the time, he defrauded the government millions of shillings over maize that was not delivered. They have called for the judge to punish the legislator with a custodial sentence.

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Former Sports cabinet secretary Rashid Echesa. [Source/ Courtesy]

Should the member of parliament be given a custodial sentence of more than 6 months,he stands to lose his parliamentary seat. The law state that a member of parliament who isthrown behind bars for more than six months ends up losing his seat.This would mean a by-election being held in Sirisisa constituency.

Walukhe has been among the politicians who have been railing against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). He has claimed that the initiative is aimed at advancing the interests of individuals and not the people. It remains to be seen how his sentencing will affect his BBI stance.

The outspoken has had a long career, having served in the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) for many years. He was in the military during the attempted 1982 coup against the then president Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi. Mr Walukhe is said to have sided with soldiers who were opposed to the coup.

As a politician, he was among the few politicians who rallied behind the presidential ambitions of Uhuru Kenyatta. He has been a staunch critic of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga. The Western Kenya politician is on record saying that he will support the deputy president Dr William Ruto in 2022.

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Walukhe is a staunch ally of the deputy president Dr William Ruto. [Source/ Courtesy]

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Top Comments
RashidRotich · 06/25/2020
kumamamazenu ya kila anaandamwe na kezi munsema ruto ally munifirwa
ThomasOpondo_02 · 06/25/2020
We are all eagerly waiting to see the outcome of this case. Others with crafty dealing are also waiting. It's now upto the judicial system to redeem it self from accusations of laxity in dealing with corruption related cases.
+254-079557**** · 06/25/2020
MTU aibe pekeyake alafu mshenzi Fulani anasema ruto ally why attach ruto to a corrupt individual,
SalatonBenson · 06/26/2020
Anatukana baba badala ya kwenda kupiga magoti pàle capital hill??Apelekwe KODIAGA apoeshe uji.

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