Sirisia MP John Waluke Released From Prison

  • Sirisia MP John Waluke.
    Sirisia MP John Waluke.
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  • Sirisia Member of Parliament, John Waluke, has been freed on cash bail pending an appeal of his 67-year jail term.

    The legislator was released on Friday, November 18, on a Ksh10 million cash bail.

    The MP was also granted an alternative of a Ksh20 million bond with surety pending the determination of his appeal. 

    Waluke was sentenced to 67 years in jail after he was found guilty of embezzling funds in 2020. 

    A collage photo of Jubilee Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni handing Sirisia MP a certificate of nomination to the PSC on November 2, 2022.
    A collage photo of Jubilee Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni handing Sirisia MP a certificate of nomination to the PSC on November 2, 2022.
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    The legislator was given an alternative to paying a fine of Ksh1 billion.

    Waluke indicated that he was moving to the Court of Appeal to have his conviction- upheld by the High Court-  overturned.

    In signed affidavits, the legislator urged the court to release him, noting that he risked losing his seat given the number of sittings he had missed.

    He thus urged the appellate court to treat his case with urgency.

    “There is a clear and present danger that if this application is not heard and determined promptly.

    "The applicant will miss Parliamentary sessions, leading to loss of his seat or failure of representation of the people of Sirisia Constituency in the National Assembly,” he stated.

    Waluke was jailed alongside his associate Grace Wakhungu for allegedly defrauding Ksh297 million from the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) in 2004.

    The duo was found guilty by an anti-corruption court in 2020.

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    Grace Wakhungu (left) and Sirisia MP John Waluke (right) in court in June 2020
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