MP Waluke, Wakhungu to be sentenced today in Sh314M maize scandal case


Sirisia MP John Waluke and co-accused Grace Wakhungu will today know their fate as they stand on the dock at the Milimani Law Courts after they were found guilty in the Sh314 million NCPB maize fraud case.

Delivering her ruling on Monday, June 22 Magistrate Elizabeth Juma said that the prosecution side had proven beyond reasonable doubt that the lawmaker, fellow director Grace Wakhungu- who is the mother to former Environment CS Judy Wakhungu and Erad Suppliers Limited, were guilty of the charges laid against him.

Both Waluke and Wakhungu have spent the past three days at the Kileleshwa Police cell after the magistrate cancelled their bail terms immediately after finding them guilty.

Dire consequences for Waluke

Both Waluke and Wakhungu risk serving a jail term, depending on the verdict that the judge will deliver.

Waluke runs a risk of losing his Sirisia MP seat if he is jailed for more than 6 months.

According to the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, persons convicted of stealing public funds are required to refund double the amount they stole, and spend at least 10 years in prison.

Except for a successful appeal, Waluke and Wakhungu may be required to pay the double amount of the money they are accused of defrauding the public.

Waluke and Wakhungu are accused of uttering false document in 2009. It is alleged that being a director of Erad Suppliers, Waluke knowingly uttered a false invoice for Sh114 million to be used in dispute between Erad and the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB).

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