Reprieve For Waluke, Wakhungu As Court Releases Them On Sh30 Million Bail

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Sirisia MP John Waluke and his co-convict Grace Wakhungu can breathe easy after a Nairobi court released them on bail.

Justice John Onyiego released the fraud convicts on Sh10 million and Sh20 million cash bail, respectively.

Waluke was given an alternative of Sh20 Million bond or surety of a similar amount while Wakhungu was granted Sh30 Million bond.

Justice Onyiego ordered the two to deposit their travel documents with the court and barred them from leaving the country without the consent of the court.

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Sirisia MP John Waluke and co-convict Grace Wakhungu in Court. [Courtesy]
Further, the Sirisia lawmaker and the ex-Kenya Re general manager will be required to report to the High Court deputy registrar once a month.

Waluke had sought bail on grounds that he was elderly, diabetic and stood to lose his Parliamentary seat.

To this, Justice Onyiego said, “What matters is equal treatment regardless of social status. I’m not convinced that Waluke being aged 59 is sufficient grounds to grant bail. At age 59 he is an active person in my view.”

Wakhungu on her part did not sign an affidavit on her medical status but medical notes from AAR confirmed that she was treated for high blood pressure.

“There is no dispute she is aged 80 and going with Covid-19 guidelines, her age is an exceptional circumstance to grant her bail,” Onyiego said.

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Grace Wakhungu and John Walukhe in Court. [Courtesy]
The case is will be mentioned on Wednesday, October 14.

Last Friday, a fumigation exercise at the Milimani Law Courts derailed the delivering of their bail ruling.

They were convicted of fraud in Sh313 million saga involving the National Cereal and Produce Board (NCPB) three months ago.

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