In a bid to secure freedom for their kin Gace Wakhungu who faces a jail term for corruption allegations, the larger Moody Awor’s family has raised a total of ksh 800 million.
On the other hand, her co-accused family hasn’t been lucky as reliable sources say they’ve only managed to raise ksh. 250 million of the expected ksh. 727,725,562.
Waluke received a 67-year jail term for defaulting his fine. Concurrently, the mother to the former Environmental CS Judy Wakgungu received 69 years behind bars or pay ksh 707,725,562 million fine.
At the moment, Grace Wakhungu is serving at the Lang’ata women’s prison, while Waluke is languishing at the Kamiti maximum prison. Their bond hearing is set for this Friday.
The duo received heavy sentences after they participated in an import maize scandal. Their ill motive made the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) lose a whooping ksh. 297 million.
With only the appellate option left, families of the parties are racing against time to generate the required amount.
Things haven’t worked smoothly for Waluke’s family as a close family member revealed that the EACC has made it hard for them to raise funds.
According to our sources, EACC and KRA have threatened to track all monies contributed to secure Waluke’s freedom.
His lawyer Sam Nyaberi said since they can’t raise the needed amount, they’ve filed an appeal for a bond.
Nyaberi further said that Waluke’s bond hearing might take time, which will cause his client to suffer prejudice.
Additionally, his lawyer said he’s yet to receive the file for him to go forward with pursuing the appeal.
However, Wakhungu’s family managed to raise the money after her family, both in Kenya and Uganda, put up a system to help get the funds.
According to a source from Wakhungu’s family who spoke to People’s Daily based on anonymity, he said they raised most of the funds from savings.