Former Senator Joy Gwendo Hit With 5 Charges of Stealing

  • Former nominated Senator, Joy Gwendo, was on Monday charged with five counts of stealing and issuing of bad cheques at a Nairobi Court.

    The ex-legislator appeared before Anti-Corruption Court magistrate Lawrence Mugambi where she denied the charges and was released on a Sh300,000 bail.

    In her charge sheet, Ms Gwendo is accused of stealing Sh2.2 Million belonging to Kisumu East Cotton Growers Cooperative Society.

    She is also facing abuse of office charges where she is alleged to have used her position as a Senator to award herself property belonging to the co-operative society.

    [caption caption="Former Senator Joy Gwendo in court"][/caption]

    In addition to the above charges, Ms Gwendo is reported to have forged a cheque of Sh200,000 and issued bad cheques to the cooperative society amounting to Sh1.2 Million even though she knew that her account had insufficient funds.

    The case will be mentioned on 8, February 2018.

    On Friday, the former Senator was arrested by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives at her Karen home.

    She was apprehended over abuse of office and fraud charges and was grilled at the Integrity Centre before being eventually released on bail.

    The ex-Senator is alleged to have committed these offences between October and November 2016.

    Gwendo was nominated to the Senate through The National Alliance (TNA) which eventually merged to form Jubilee Party.

    During the August election, she unsuccessfully vied for the Kisumu East parliamentary seat on a Jubilee ticket but lost to incumbent Shakeel Shabbir who vied as an independent candidate.

    [caption caption="File image of Ms Gwendo addressing the media"][/caption]