Guilty As Charged:MP John Walukhe to be sentenced In Sh300mn Maize Scandal

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,22ND JUNE,2020-Sirisia Member of Parliament John Walukhe is now awaiting sentencing after the court found him guilty of fraud in a Sh300 million maize scandal.

Anti-Corruption Magistrate Elizabeth Juma ruled Monday that Walukhe and his co-accused businesswoman Grace Wakhungu are guilty of fraud, having received Sh300 million from the National Cereals and Produce Board, NCPB in 2004.

Ms Wakhungu is listed as the director of Erad General Suppliers.

Court documents show that they received the money as payment for the supply or white maize.

In her verdict, the Magistrate ruled that there was evidence to show that they forged an invoice to demand payment of the money charged as storage fees for the maize they said they imported from Ethiopia.

She ordered them remanded at Kileleshwa Police Station until June 25 when they will be sentenced.

During their trial, the court heard that the acussed jointly with the late businessman Jacob Juma and Brian Yongo shared the money that was paid by NCCB to the company’s bank accounts.

The court found that even the Letter of Credit they demanded from NCPB could not be issued because the contractual agreement had not been signed.

The prosecution called a total of 27 witnesses who included top managers from NCCPB.

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