Sirisia Member of Parliament John Waluke has been released on a cash bail of Sh10 million pending appeal of his jail sentence in a multimillion-shilling corruption case.
On the other hand, his co-accused, Grace Wakhungu has been released on a cash bail of Sh20 million pending determination of her appeal.
The court has also ordered the two to surrender their passports and avoid traveling outside the country. They are also to present themselves in court once every month.
Justice John Onyiego pushed the bail hearing to Monday to pave way for the fumigation exercise at the Milimani law courts.
The Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji has opposed the release of Waluke and Wakhungu on bail saying the two have not proven too ill to be taken care of in prison.
Haji, in his reply filed before judge Onyiego, argued that there are convicts with more serious illnesses who are treated in prison health facilities and public referral hospitals.
Correspondences between the DPP and Commissioner General of Prisons Wycliffe Ogallo revealed that Waluke has hypertension, arthritis and diabetes while Wakhungu has arthritis and hypertension.
“These conditions are usually managed as outpatient unless any complications arise. However, as it is now, their health condition can adequately be managed in our medical facilities,” Ogallo replied to Haji’s letter dated July 27.
Waluke had told the court that he risks losing his seat if he stays in prison but Haji, through senior assistant DPP Alexander Muteti, argued that the MP cannot monopolise the seat.
He risked losing his seat after the court found him guilty of fraud involving Sh297 million in shady maize dealings with National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB).