Ex-Nominated Senator Joy Gwendo Sentenced to 2-Year Jail Term

  • Former nominated Senator Joy Gwendo, Moses Kuria, Johnston Sakaja and William Ruto Capital Group
  • Former nominated Senator Joy Gwendo was on Friday sentenced to a two-year jail term for failing to honour a plea bargain she entered with the state to pay Kshs1.7 Million.

    She was handed the sentence without an option of paying a fine.

    Joy had earlier pleaded guilty to abuse of office charges after a plea bargaining agreement with DPP Noordin Haji.

    The former lawmaker had agreed to pay the Kisumu East Cotton Growers Cooperative Sacco Kshs1.7 Million.

    Former nominated Senator Joy Gwendo

    Gwendo had been accused of issuing bad cheques to Kisumu East Cotton Growers Cooperative Society before entering into a plea bargain with the DPP. 

    In January 2018, Gwendo was arrested by officers from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) after the DPP gave consent to a charge of stealing, issuing a bad cheque and abuse of office.

    Gwendo, who was also facing four other charges among them abuse of office, is accused that on October 23, 2016, at Chiga Parish in Kisumu East, she used her position as a state officer to award herself property worth Ksh2.2million of the cooperative society through Kivuli Development Initiatives account.

    She was also facing two other counts of issuing bad cheques to Kisumu East Cotton Growers Cooperative Society.

    Gwendo was alleged to have issued two cheques amounting to Ksh1.2 Million to the society on December 5, 2016, knowing that her account had insufficient funds.

    She was further accused of forging a cheque of Ksh200,000.

    Former nominated senator Joy Gwendo appearing in court