Sirisia MP John Waluke, Grace Wakhungu Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison or Pay Ksh 727M fine in Maize Scandal

Court Grants Bail to Waluke, Wakhungu in Ksh 297M Maize Fraud Case

Sirisia MP John Waluke & Grace Wakhungu

Kenya’s Anti-Corruption Magistrate Elizabeth Juma on Thursday fined Sirisia MP John Waluke Ksh 727 million and co-accused Grace Wakhungu Ksh 707 million.

In default, the duo faces 7 years imprisonment each for fraudulently receiving Ksh 297 million from the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB).

The Magistrate ruled that there was sufficient evidence to show the accused persons forged an invoice to demand payment for the money charged as storage fees for the maize.

Consequently, Waluke was found guilty of three counts: acquiring public property to worth Ksh.297,386,505.00 contrary to Section 45(1) (a) as read with Section 48(1) of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, 2003 and fraudulently acquiring public property to wit, Ksh.13,364,671.40 contrary to Section 45(1) (a) as read with Section 48(1) of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act,2003.

The Sirisia legislator was convicted for fraudulently acquiring public property to worth, USD 24,032.00 (Ksh.2,475,295.00) contrary to Section 45(1) (a) as read with Section 48(1) of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, 2003.

Grace Sarapay Wakhungu was convicted on five charges. The counts against her include uttering a false document contrary to Section 353 of the Penal Code by presenting a forged invoice during the arbitration proceedings which led to the arbitral award.

She was guilty of Perjury contrary to Section 108 (1) as read with Section 36 of the Penal Code for lying on oath during the arbitral proceedings.

Ms. Wakhungu was also convicted for fraudulently acquiring public property to wit Ksh.297,386,505.00 contrary to Section 45(1) (a) as read with Section 48(1) of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, 2003 and fraudulently acquiring public property to wit, Ksh.13,364,671.40 contrary to Section 45(1) (a) as read with Section 48(1) of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act,2003.

She was also found guilty of fraudulently acquiring public property to wit, USD 24,032.00 (Ksh.2,475,295.00) contrary to Section 45(1) (a) as read with Section 48(1) of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, 2003.

The MP and his co-accused have 14 days to appeal the ruling.