Kenyan lawmaker faces 67-year jail term

Kenyan Member of Parliament, John Waluke, is facing a 67 years jail term after the High Court dismissed his appeal in a fraud case, where he jointly convicted of stealing $2.5 million from the country’s cereals board.

Kenyan Lawmaker John Waluke. /ODPP

The Lawmaker representing Sirisia Constituency is serving his third term in the Parliament following his re-election in the August polls.

Waluke had filed a 30-point document in June 2020, through his lawyers, detailing what the lawyers called inconsistencies and a lack of independence in reaching the guilty verdict.

He also challenged his conviction, claiming it was based on an incorrect charge sheet. Additionally, he claimed that critical witnesses were never called to testify in the two-year-old case.

The MP was charged alongside Grace Sarapay Wakhungu, and Erad Supplies & General Contracts Limited (Erad); a company where the two are shareholders.

Waluke and Wakhungu, through the company, were supposed to supply 40,000 metric tons of maize to the cereals board in 2004 but ended up pocketing the money without supplying the maize.

(With input from agencies)