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Sirisia MP John Waluke’s family, is now pleading with Kenyans to contribute so as to raise the fine imposed by the anti-corruption court to keep the lawmaker out of prison.
Waluke’s wife, Roselyn Waluke, urged well-wishers on Sunday, June 28, 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.
Elected through the Jubilee Party, MP Waluke was imprisoned following his sentencing on Thursday, June 25th.
The Anti-Corruption Court in Nairobi fined him Ksh727 million for the five counts he was convicted for, in the Ksh297 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 the two committed serious offenses.
According to the magistrate, the two and their firm, Erad Supplies and Contractors Ltd, took advantage of a dire situation at a time Kenya was facing a drought to defraud the NCPB.
Waluke and his company were directed to pay a total fine of Ksh727 million for receiving a fraudulent payment from NCPB while Wakhungu was fined Ksh707 million.
Waluke’s case is major victory for DPP Noordin Haji and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.
The case was filed by DPP Haji who took over the role of top prosecutor in March 2018.