By Wanja Waweru
John Waluke, a member of parliament for Sirisia, has been freed on a Ksh10 million cash bail while his 67-year prison term in a multimillion-shilling corruption case is appealed.
Asike Makhandia, Grace Ngenye, and Sankale ole Kantai, who sit on the Court of Appeal, ruled that Waluke’s request to be released under bail conditions pending the hearing of his appeal against the jail sentence issued by the anti-corruption court was granted.
“We find that the continued incarceration of Waluke will automatically lead to the loss of his Parliamentary seat. Once he does not attend eight consecutive seatings then he will automatically lose his seat. On that ground we find the application for bail has merit and is allowed,” Judge Ngenye who read the ruling stated
As a result, the court issued an order releasing Waluke on his previous cash bail of Ksh 10 million or a bond of Ksh 20 million with one surety of a like amount while the appeal is heard and decided.
The judgment was made in response to Waluke’s defense team, which was led by senior attorney Dr. Otiende Amollo, pleading with the court to uphold the bail conditions of Ksh10 million that Waluke was given by the High Court in 2020. His attorneys claimed he has not yet received the money back.