Sirisia MP Waluke, Wakhungu Freed After 3 Months in Jail

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    Grace Wakhungu (left) and Sirisia MP John Waluke (right) in court in June 2020
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  • Sirisia MP John Walukhe and his co-accused Grace Wakhungu were on Monday, September 28, granted bail after being convicted in the Ksh313 million maize scandal.

    Waluke and Wakhungu were granted Ksh10 million and Ksh20 million cash bail respectively pending appeal in the graft case against them.

    The two were ordered to deposit their passports with the court by Justice John Onyiego and were further barred from leaving the country without the court's permission.

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    Sirisia MP John Waluke and Grace Wakhungu in court in June 2020
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    The MP and the former General Manager at Kenya Re and later Consolidated Bank will be reporting to the High Court deputy register once a month.

    Waluke was also granted an option of Ksh.20 Million bond or surety of a similar amount while Wakhungu was granted Ksh.30 Million bond.

    The case is set to be mentioned on Wednesday, October 14 after the duo were convicted of fraud involving Ksh.313 million in maize dealings with the National Cereal and Produce Board

    A fumigation exercise at Kilimani Law Courts on Friday, September 25 stalled Walukhe and Wakhungu from finding out their fate.

    With the constitution stating that an MP stands to lose his seat after serving six months in jail, Onyiego noted there will be no special treatment for Waluke.

    "What matters is equal treatment regardless of social status. I'm not convinced that Waluke being aged 59 is sufficient grounds to grant bail. At age 59 he is an active person in my view," said Onyiego.

    On Wakhungu's part, medical notes from AAR confirmed that she was treated for high blood pressure after previously filing for a medical appeal in July.

    "There is no dispute she is aged 80 and going with Covid-19 guidleines, her age is an exceptional circumstance to grant her bail," added Onyiego.

    Sirisia MP John Waluke and Grace Wakhungu in court.
    Sirisia MP John Waluke and Grace Wakhungu in court.