The High court has declined Grace Wakhungu’s plea to seek medication until the hearing and determination of her bail in the multi-million maize scandal is concluded.
High Court Judge John Onyiego said Ms. Wakhungu’s health problems will be addressed on August 7 during the bail application hearing.
Senior Counsel Paul Muite, who represents Wakhungu in the case, said his client’s health was continuously deteriorating and she needed to seek immediate medical attention.
“My client’s plea is that she be heard early next week if the court cant hear the matter today because of her state of health. She requests to be examined by a government doctor in the prescence of her own doctor,” Muite said.
According to Paul Muite, Wakhungu will be turning 80 in two weeks.
State Counsel Alexander Muteti opposed the plea terming it as a fishing expedition and argued that the issue of Wakhungu’s health never arose during trial and sentencing sessions.
“The issue of being unwell never arose at the trial court or during sentencing. We oppose granting the prayer sought. COVID-19 is in and out of the prison. In prison, she can be isolated just like her home,” said State Counsel Muteti.
Ms. Wakhungu and her co-convict Sirisia MP were found guilty of steering a Sh314 million maize scandal.
The two; Waluke and Wakhungu were fined Sh 721 million and Sh 700million respectively, failure to pay which grants them at least 60 years imprisonment each.
After the sentencing, Wakhungu took to social media to ask for Kenyan’s support in raising the fine amount. Reports indicated that Wakhungu raised approximately Sh 500 million in just two hours.
The Director Of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Noordin Haji said the state will monitor sources of the contribution to ensure it is honest earned money and not proceeds of crime.
“The funds have to come from legitimate sources as the state cannot allow proceeds of crime to be used to free other criminals,” the DPP said.