Corruption: Sirisia MP John Waluke fined 594M or 7yrs jail


Sirisia MP John Waluke and Grace Wakhungu fined KSh 594 million each or serve seven years imprisonment each if they default to pay the fine.

This comes after they were found guilty over KSh 313 million maize deal fraud.

Sirisia MP John Waluke and his co-accused Grace Wakhungu have been fined Sh594 million or serve seven years in prison in default.

The convicts pleaded with a Nairobi court not to jail them over fraudulent payment they received from a state agency amounting to Sh313 million a few years ago.

Mr Waluke and Grace Wakhungu told chief magistrate Elizabeth Juma that they were ailing and regretted the offence. Mr Waluke said he was servicing a mortgage and depended on his salary as an MP to take care of his family and many constituents who depend on him.

In mitigation, before they were sentenced, the MP said through his lawyers said he was sick and had people who depended on him, including his 80-year-old mother.

He said he was remorseful as he pleaded for no-custodial sentence. According to his lawyers, a custodial sentence was akin to sentencing him to a slow death.

Ms Wakhungu said she was a 79-year-old retired civil servant. She said after leaving her teaching job, she joined Kenya Re-Insurance where she rose to the position of general manager before joining the banking industry as a banker at Consolidated Bank until her retirement 1997. Ms Wakhungu said she regretted the offence and also pleaded for a non-custodial sentence.


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