In what seems like a record that will not be broken by anyone in Kenya any soon, Grace Wakhungu Awori mother to Ambassador Judy Wakhungu has raised her sh800m bail bonds in less than a month.
According to her family, the exercise would have lasted just hours were it not for the hawk eyes of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Ethics and anti-corruption commission (EACC) and the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) who were keen on tracing the sources of the monies raised to bail Wakhungu out.
Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) boss Twalib Mbarak and Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji told a local media last week that they will look at the sources of the cash raised to secure both Sirisia Member of Parliament John Waluke and Ex-Vice President Moody Awori’s Sister Grace Wakhungu to ensure they are not proceeds of crime.
Both Haji and Twalib insisted that if the accused person must pay the court fines, the funds must be from legitimate sources as they “cannot allow proceeds of crime to be used to free graft suspects”.
“If they seek to pay, we will question where the money is coming from,” Haji said.
Adding that, they are preparing to respond to Waluke’s application before court.
Twalib Mbarak too insisted that his agency, EACC, in partnership with other relevant institutions were focusing on the second phase of the case, which is asset recovery.
“We will go for any assets that these people have as a result of the scandal,” he said
Grace Wakhungu and Sirisia Member of Parliament John Waluke were handed 69 years in jail or a Sh707,725,562 million fine, and 67 years in jail or pay Sh727,725,562 million fine respectively for a maize import scandal which saw the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) lose Sh297 million in 2009.
How the money was raised
Grace Wakhungu’s immediate family that is Ambassador of Kenya to France Judy Wakhungu, Ben Wakhungu and Susan Wakhungu-Githuku raised Sh197 million.
Grace Wakhungu’s nephew gave a donation of Sh100 million.
Ex-Vice President Moody Awori donated Sh135 million.
Wakhungu’s sister, Dr Mary Okello, the founding director of Makini Schools donated Sh28 million only.
The family and friends of Dennis Awori, a former Kenya ambassador to Japan and who has headed several blue chip companies raised Sh15 million.
The family of former Ugandan MP Aggrey Awori contributed Sh41 million.
The families of Wakhungu’s deceased brothers Hannington Awori and Prof Nelson Awori gave Sh93 million for their kin.
Others who are said to have given contributions include family members Christine Hayanga, Henry Awori, Willis Awori and Ernest Awori who are reported to have raised a total of Sh54 million.
A funds-drive organised by Wakhungu’s family members locally and abroad separately raised Sh236 million.
“The sentencing of granny is not something that was taken lightly by Wakhungu’s siblings, both here in Kenya and Uganda.” A Source told local media
It is reported that the family raised all these monies through sale of assets locally and abroad, personal savings and ‘silent’ funds drives by friends
The problem of the Aworis now is how to pay the bail term since anti-corruption bodies are on their neck and are keenly monitoring them.
“We are somehow stuck, because we have the amount ready but the DPP, EACC and KRA are sending threats our way,” a family member revealed.
A Senior Politician Pays 10% for Waluke
MP John Waluke on the other side got a big boost after receiving Sh100 million contribution from a senior politician close to the MP and is known for his generosity.
Waluke’s colleagues from parliament raised Sh6 million. His family raised Sh144 million mainly from sale of property in Nairobi.
Waluke’s wife, Roseline Nakhanu Waluke, through playbill number released on social media has raised a total of Sh361,458.
Grace Wakhungu is at Lang’ata Women Prison while Sirisia MP John Waluke is at Kamiti Maximum Prison. Their appeal is set for Friday, August 7, 2020.
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