John Waluke, a Sirisia MP, is once more unchained. Waluke, who was found guilty of fraud and perjury by the Anti-Corruption Court and sentenced to prison, was given Sh10 million bail on Friday. The MP was also given the option of posting a Sh20 million bond with surety while his appeal against the 67-year prison term was heard and decided. Waluke and Grace Wakhungu were sentenced to 67 years in jail on October 6 for cheating the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) of Sh297 million. The Anti-Corruption Court found Waluke and Ms. Wakhungu guilty of fraud and perjury in 2020. They filed an appeal against the verdict and punishment with the High Court, but it was rejected.
Waluke has argued before the Court of Appeal that his detention denies Sirisia voters the opportunity to have their interests represented in the National Assembly. “There is a clear and present danger that if this application is not heard and determined in a timely manner, the applicant will miss Parliamentary sessions, leading to loss of his seat or failure of representation of the people of Sirisia Constituency in the National Assembly,” his lawyer said
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