Corruption: Jailed MP Released on Bail

Sirisia Member of Parliament (MP) John Koyi Waluke

 Sirisia Member of Parliament (MP) John Walukhe and his co-accused Grace Wakhungu a sister to Kenya’s former Vice President Dr. Moody Awori who was jailed for 67 years over corruption have been released on bail.

Waluke was released on a Ksh10 million cash bail while Wakhungu will be required to deposit Sh20 million to be freed.

The bail was granted by High Court judge Justice John Onyiego of the anti-corruption court pending the determination of an appeal filed at the High Court by the MP.

The court ruled that there were no sufficient grounds to deny the two bail, arguing that they had both met the threshold.

Other than being barred from leaving the country by being ordered to deposit their passports, the two will also be required to report to the deputy registrar on a monthly basis.

And should they fail to raise the cash bail, the judge ordered the deputy registrar to verify their securities.

They had applied to be freed on bail pending an appeal of their sentence, which they described as harsh.

Both have been in prison since June when they were sentenced after they were found guilty of corruption in an Sh300 million scandal involving the supply of maize to the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB).

When they were sentenced in June, the court gave them the alternative of paying a fine of Sh797 million.

It was the same sentence declared for his co-accused Grace Wakhungu. Their company Erad General Suppliers was convicted and sentenced.

The two and the company were found guilty of various offenses, each carrying sentences of between one to seven years, with varied fines all totaling to Sh707,725,562 for Wakhungu and Sh727,725,562 for Weluke as shown on the table below.

The sentence followed a conviction after the prosecution proved the two irregularly received Sh300 million from the National Cereals and Produce Board in 2004.

Both are listed as directors of Erad General Suppliers, the firm that received the payment.

Court documents indicated the payment was for the supply of white maize.

In demanding the payment, the two claimed that they incurred losses after a tender to supply 40,000 metric tones was canceled, and even presented forged invoices after an arbitration.