The level of hopelessness around Kenyan politics was stretched to the limit when a bone of contention became who the owner of the forehead behind Nandi County senator Samson Cherargei was in a group photo involving the president, and whether it was Sirisia MP John Waluke or CS Davis Chirchir. Even more puzzling is what occurred next.
In the widely shared tweet by tweep @MatumaoNkanata, followers were divided between whether it was John Waluke or CS Chirchir. Even more concerning is that none could come up with the travel manifest proving who exactly it was, despite the fact that Ruto was DP at the time, and the records should be public.
Worth noting is that the Sirisia MP was released from the Industrial Area prison, Nairobi county on a Ksh10million cash bail on Friday, November 18, 2022.
The lawmaker claimed that an amount of 300 million he is demanding from President William Ruto’s administration was from a 2004 maize supply deal that prosecutors claimed was fake.
The Jubilee MP was released on a cash bail of Ksh10 million pending an appeal of his 67-year jail sentence in a multimillion-shilling corruption case.
In a ruling delivered by Court of Appeal judges Asike Makhandia, Grace Ngenye and Sankale ole Kantai, the court allowed Waluke’s application to be released on bail terms pending the hearing of his appeal against the jail term imposed by the anti-corruption court.
“We find that the continued incarceration of Waluke in jail will automatically lead to the loss of his Parliamentary seat. Because once you do not seat for eight consecutive seats then automatically you lose your seat,” judge Ngenye stated.
Waluke and his business partner Grace Wakhungu were thrown back to jail in October after the High Court dismissed their appeals in the Ksh297 maize fraud case.
The duo was convicted in 2020 for forgery and fraudulently acquiring Ksh297 million from the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) in 2014.
The lawyers said that the magistrate court having acquitted Waluke from the main charge of uttering false invoices there was no basis for convicting him for fraudulent acquisition of public property.
The court heard that since the acquisition of the funds stemmed from the forged invoices, then Waluke could not be convicted.
“The court found he did not utter any document and acquitted him. But strangely convicted him of fraudulently obtaining money on the basis of uttering the document,” Dr Amollo said.
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