EACC hails court ruling in Walukhe’s maize scandal case

Written By: Mary Daraja

EACC

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has hailed the court ruling in the multi-million maize scandal involving Sirisia MP John Walukhe.

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On its Twitter handle Tuesday, EACC said the ruling was a big boost for the fight against corruption after the Magistrate’s court found Walukhe and former Cabinet Secretary Judy Wakhungu’s mother Grace Wakhungu guilty of corruption in the procurement of 40,000 metric tons of maize to the National Cereals and Produce Board(NCPB) worth Kshs. 577 million.

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The EACC said a sum of Kshs. 297 million had already been paid on the basis of the dubious contract.

The incident occurred in 2004 when NCPB floated a tender for the provision of 180,000 tonnes of white maize.

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Walukhe, Ms. Wakhungu and their company Erad Suppliers & General Contracts were found guilty of fraudulently acquiring public property.

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Walukhe will be sentenced on Thursday this week

Further, Ms. Wakhungu was found guilty of uttering a false document – presenting a forged invoice during the arbitration proceedings which led to the arbitral award of Kshs.297M, and of perjury – lying on oath during the arbitral proceedings.

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Trial Magistrate Elizabeth Juma cancelled the cash bail and placed the accused in remanded until Thursday, the day of their sentencing.

 

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