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MP Waluke will not be travelling abroad as court declines to release passport

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  • Justice Esther Maina barred the MP from leaving the country on grounds that he is already a convict after he was jailed for defrauding NCPB.
  • “The court cannot release his passport to travel outside the country when he is already a convict and is only out of prison because of the bond he was given pending determination of his appeal,” the judge ruled.

Sirisia MP John Waluke will not be travelling outside the country next month as he had planned after a judge declined to release his passport.

According to Justice Esther Maina, MP Waluke is a convict and therefore cannot be allowed to leave the country.

Waluke, alongside his co-accused Grace Wakhungu, were found guilty in an KSh297 million National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) maize scandal on June 22, 2020.

Justice Maina insists that he will not be allowed to travel outside the country, until his appeal against his jail sentence is determined. Justice Miana added that since he was found guilty, he does not enjoy the privileges of an accused person who is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

“The court cannot release his passport to travel outside the country when he is already a convict and is only out of prison because of the bond he was given pending determination of his appeal,” ruled Maina

Waluke and Wakhungu are currently out of jail because they were granted KSh10 million and KSh20 million cash bails respectively. One of the bail conditions that they do not travel out of the country.

Justice John Oyiego directed the two to deposit their passports with the court.

Waluke and his co-accused were found palpable of uttering false documents in 2009. It is alleged that being a director of Erad Suppliers, Waluke knowingly uttered a false invoice for Sh114 million to be used in a dispute between Erad and the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB).

They were jailed for a cumulative period of 67 years or pay fine close to KSh1 billion each.

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