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DPP given 14 days to file submissions

Thursday, May 12th, 2022 09:00 | By
Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji. PHOTO/File

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji (pictured) has up to May 26 to make his final submissions in an appeal lodged by Sirisia MP John Waluke and his co-convict Grace Wakhungu challenging their jail terms.

The High Court gave the orders after a senior State prosecutor said she needs more time to prepare her final submissions after the defence team, led by lawyer Paul Muite, concluded its submissions in the appeal lodged by Waluke and Wakhungu.

Delivering the ruling, Lady Justice Esther Maina gave the prosecution up to May 26 to submit its final submissions.

Waluke and Wakhungu are challenging their imprisonment over their role in the Sh297 million maize scandal.

Waluke was handed a 67-year jail term as opposed to Wakhungu’s 69-year sentence

The trial court imposed an alternative of a combined fine of a total of Sh2 billion.

The two convicts are out on Sh20 million and Sh30 million bonds respectively pending the determination of their appeals.

During the defence’s final submissions, Muite asked the judge to quash the lower court’s decision terming it inconsistent and lacking independence.

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