The family of Sirisia MP John Waluke is now pleading for financial assistance from the public to raise the huge fine imposed by court to keep the Sirisia lawmaker from prison.
Waluke’s wife, Roselyn Waluke, urged well-wishers on Sunday, June to channel their donations on phone even as the family races to get an M-Pesa Paybill number.
“You are aware of our problem and I thank those who have stood with us during this challenging time and kindly continue praying for us. We are requesting for your financial assistance. Kindly channel your financial support to my number 0728732542 as we wait for an M-Pesa Paybill number,” said the MP’s wife.
The MP is in prison following his sentencing on Thursday, June 25, when the Anti-Corruption Court in Nairobi fined him Sh727 million for the five counts he was convicted of in the Sh297 million National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) maize tender scandal.
Waluke was sentenced alongside his co-accused Grace Wakhungu by Chief Magistrate Elizabeth Juma who said that the offenses they committed were serious.
Grace Wakhungu was able to raise Ksh500 million, which has already been paid.
The money, according to sources, was raised over a two-hour family lunch meeting last week, to save the old woman from going to jail.
Grace Wakhungu is born in a family of sixteen siblings who now rank among the most successful in Kenya and Uganda made up of top notch lawyers, engineers, politicians, surgeons, journalists, educationists, athletes and diplomats.
Grace Wakhungu is a sister to former Kenyan Vice President Moody Awori, both children of the first Anglican Church of Kenya Canon, Jeremiah Awori.
Her sister, Agrrey Awori, is a lead economist in Uganda and once served as an MP and a cabinet minister. Grace Wakhungu’s daughter, Prof Judy Wakhungu is a former Environment Cabinet Secretary and currently Kenya’s ambassador to France.
She is also the sister to Dr Mary Okello the first female manager at Barclays Bank and founder director of Makini Schools. A couple of years ago she sold the schools for over Ksh1 billion.
Her brother Dennis Awori is Kenya’s former ambassador to Japan, and a former chairman of Toyota EA, managing director of Lonrho EA and also general manager of CMC in Kenya and Uganda. He also served as the chairman of Kenya Airways, among other several companies in Kenya.
Other siblings include Christine Hayanga, a lawyer married to Justice Andrew Hayanga, Henry Awori, one-time Kenya’s Commissioner of Insurance, Willis Awori, the HR Director, ICIPE, Engineer Ernest Awori, Winfred Odera, Margaret Openda, Wycliffe Awori and the Late Joshua Awori.
She is aunt to the current Absa Bank CEO Jeremy Awori.
With such people surrounding her, and many more not mentioned here, the slightly over Ksh1 billion fine could look like a lighter duty to the family, as compared to the jail term.
Most probably she will complete the fine this week, and walk home as if nothing happened.