The High Court on Thursday, October 15, allowed Sirisia Member of Parliament John Waluke to amend his appeal against the ruling that sentenced him to a 67-years in jail over Ksh297 million maize scandal.
During the virtual session, Justice John Onyiego ruled that the MP has seven days to amend the petition and introduce the changes he desires.
Justice Onyiego also directed that Waluke’s appeal be heard together with that of his co-convict Grace Wakhungu.
The hearing of the appeal is scheduled to start on December 9 with a mention slated for November 16. The mention will be done at a physical open court.
Waluke and Wakhungu were last month released on bond of S
Ksh20 million and Sh30 million, respectively after spending over two months in prison.
The corruption court had imprisoned the two convicts after they were found guilty of defrauding National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) Ksh297 million.
They were fined an accumulative of Ksh2 billion which the two failed to raise.
Both Waluke and Wakhungu wants their conviction dismissed arguing that the Ksh297 paid to them by NCPB was legal and not out of fraud as claimed by the prosecution.
“The money the two convicts were accused of fraudulently receiving from the NCPB was paid pursuant to an Arbitration Order and High Court’s decree which has not been set aside to date,” says Senior Counsel Paul Muite in the appeal.
They are also claim that Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) bribed witnesses secure the conviction.