It is the end of the road for Sirisia MP,Member of Parliament,John Waluke, as his appeal was rejected by the High court of Kenya. Waluke had been imprisoned by the Anti-corruption magistrate court in Millimani. At the time of the trial Waluke had been accused of defrauding the NCPB. The third time Member of parliament was convicted together with Grace Wakhungu.
This judgement comes after two years. Waluke had filed his 30-point appeal with the High court on June 2020. The Sirisia MP is expected to either come up with a fine of Ksh 1 billion or face up to 67 years in Jail. His accomplice, Grace Wakhungu is also expected to raise a similar amount or serve up to 69 years in prison.
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Grace Wakhungu is the sister to Kenya’s Former vice president Moody Awori. The country has for a very long time tried to fight the menace of corruption. Corruption has been wide spread especially in government parastatals which have seen some of the parastatals gone broke.
The ruling made by High Court Judge, Justice Esther Maina clears the way for more high level convictions. Waluke and Wakhungu, through the company, were supposed to supply 40,000 metric tonnes of maize to NCPB in 2004 but ended up pocketing Ksh.313 million without supplying even a single grain of maize.
The tender was however cancelled after Erad Supplies, a company in which the late businessman Jacob Juma was also a director, failed to prove it had sufficient funds to supply the maize.
The company later moved to court and sued NCPB claiming that by the time the tender was being cancelled, it already had the maize procured from Ethiopia and that it was being stored by Chelsea Freight, a South African firm, in Djibouti.