Just how wealthy are some Kenyans? Grace Sarapay Wakhungu mother to Prof Judy Wakhungu, the former Environment Cabinet Secretary and currently Kenya’s ambassador to France is not your equal.
Kenyans talk of dynasties while facing the Kenyatta’s, Moi’s, and Odinga’s while the real dynasties who can raise over Ksh500 million during family lunch meeting like Grace Wakhungu’s family did are not mentioned anywhere.
When the ruling was made on Thursday, June 25 by Justice Elizabeth Juma of the anticorruption court where Grace Sarapay Wakhungu was sentenced to 69 years in jail or pay Ksh 707 million over several counts of fraud, including the Ksh313 million maize fraud at National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) scandal, her family had already known what awaits them and they had already gathered and raised Ksh500 million for the same.
To hoodwink Kenyans that they are needy, the family of Grace Wakhungu instructed their lawyers led by Cliff Ombeta, Dunston Omari to appeal the case and bargain for better charges while in the real sense the amount she was asked to pay was a mere pocket change.
It’s a pocket change because her father, Jeremiah Awori, was the first Anglican Church of Kenya Canon. Her brother, Moodi Awuori, was the vice President of Kenya and is still serving in Government at his sunset years. Her other fourteen siblings are among the successful Professionals in Kenya, Uganda and abroad.
Just to give you a sneak pick of who Grace Wakhungu’s siblings are; one of her sister is Dr Mary Okello, the first female manager at Barclays Bank and founder director of Makini Schools. A couple of years ago she sold the schools for over Ksh1 billion.
Her other sister, Agrrey Awori, is a lead economist in Uganda and once served as an MP and a cabinet minister.
Her brother Dennis Awori is Kenya’s former ambassador to Japan, and a former chairman of Toyota EA, managing director of Lonrho EA and also general manager of CMC in Kenya and Uganda. He also served as the chairman of Kenya Airways, among other several companies in Kenya.
Other siblings include Christine Hayanga, a lawyer married to Justice Andrew Hayanga, Henry Awori, one-time Kenya’s Commissioner of Insurance, Willis Awori, the HR Director, ICIPE, Engineer Ernest Awori, Winfred Odera, Margaret Openda, Wycliffe Awori and the Late Joshua Awori. She is aunt to the current Absa Bank CEO Jeremy Awori. Her other close relatives are having lucrative jobs and running multimillion businesses abroad.
There was no way Grace Wakhungu would serve a jail term in Kenya when they had the option of money. Never.
It’s however not clear whether this wealthy family would save Sirisia MP John Waluke, who was slapped with 67 years in jail unless he paid over a billion shillings in fine over the same, and several other counts of fraud.
But with all the wealth, one wonders why Grace Wakhungu with her co-sentenced had to forge documents to show that they stored maize in a South African warehouse as part of a ploy to justify a Ksh500 million claim from NCPB in 2004 scandal that haunts taxpayers to date. Greedy humans!