Sirisia MP John Waluke ordered to pay Ksh 1bn fine or serve 67 years in jail

The High Court has ordered Sirisia MP John Waluke to pay Ksh 1 billion fine or serve 67 years in jail after dismissing his appeal.

According to High Court Judge  Esther Maina, the prosecution team proved the case beyond reasonable doubt and that the sentencing was well with the rule of law.

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Back in 2020, the Legislator through his lawyers challenged the ruling saying it lacked independence and was made in reference to a wrong charge sheet.

The third term MP also noted that his conviction was based on his political affiliation and that key witnesses in the case were never called to stand.

Waluke who was charged alongside Grace Sarapay Wakhungu was accused of defrauding the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) Ksh 313 million. Erad Supplies & General Contracts Limited, a company in which the two are shareholders was also mentioned in the case.

Both Wakhungu and Waluke are accused of winning a tender to supply maize back in 2004 but were paid Ksh 313 million by NCPB for work not done. In their defense, Waluke and the co-accused noted that they had already incurred expenses to store the maize when the tender was withdrawn.

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