A key Deputy President William Ruto ally from Western Kenya has been found guilty in a Sh 297 million fraud case.
The Sirisia MP John Waluke was on Monday June 22, 2020 found guilty by a Nairobi court, and was remanded pending his sentencing on Thursday June 25, 2020.
Waluke has been so vocal in spreading DP Ruto’s 2022 political gospel. In January 2019, the High Court declined to stop the prosecution of Waluke.
Waluke is charged with several counts of fraud alongside businessman Grace Wakhungu over a contract his company, Erad Supplies and General Contracts Ltd, won to supply 40,000 tonnes of maize in 2004.
The lawmaker and his co-accused had last filed an application seeking to block the case against them.
High Court judge Hedwig O’ngudi, however, declined to issue the orders noting that the application had not been made in a timely manner.
Last week, magistrate’s court in Nairobi extended bond terms Waluke but issued an arrest warrant for his co-accused.
The trial magistrate Elizabeth Osoro issued the arrest warrant after Grace Sarapay Wakhungu failed to turn up for the judgment.
At the same time the magistrate allowed the investigating officer in the case to verify a medical document presented before court by Wakhungu’s lawyer after a State prosecutor disputed its authenticity.
However, the magistrate deferred the judgment to today (June 22) and ordered that the accused stay in custody until that time after her arrest.