NCPB fraud: MP John Waluke granted Sh10m bail, Wakhungu to deposit Sh20m

Sirisia MP John Waluke (right) and co-accused Grace Wakhungu when they appeared before Anti Corruption court's Chief Magistrate Elizabeth Juma, for a judgement on a case where the two are facing corruption charges, on Thursday June 25, 2020.

Sirisia MP John Waluke has been granted Sh10 million cash bail, while his co-accused in the Sh313 million NCPB scandal Grace Wakhungu has been granted Sh20 million bail pending hearing of their appeal.

The court has also ordered the two to surrender their passports and avoid traveling outside the country. They are also to present themselves in court once every month.

Justice John Onyiego pushed the bail hearing to Monday to pave way for the fumigation exercise at the Milimani law courts.

The Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji has opposed the release of Waluke and Wakhungu on bail saying the two have not proven too ill to be taken care of in prison.

Haji, in his reply filed before judge Onyiego, argued that there are convicts with more serious illnesses who are treated in prison health facilities and public referral hospitals.

Correspondences between the DPP and Commissioner General of Prisons Wycliffe Ogallo revealed that Waluke has hypertension, arthritis and diabetes while Wakhungu has arthritis and hypertension.

“These conditions are usually managed as outpatient unless any complications arise. However, as it is now, their health condition can adequately be managed in our medical facilities,” Ogallo replied to Haji’s letter dated July 27.

Waluke had told the court that he risks losing his seat if he stays in prison but Haji, through senior assistant DPP Alexander Muteti, argued that the MP cannot monopolise the seat.

He risked losing his seat after the court found him guilty of fraud involving Sh297 million in shady maize dealings with National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB).

In the case, the State alleged that as a director of Erad Supplies and General Contractors, Waluke made a false invoice worth Sh114,600,000 as evidence to support a maize storage claim by Chelsea Freights.

He was also charged with fraudulently acquiring Sh297 million from the public as the cost of storing the maize, which was to be supplied to NCPB.

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