Former nominated Senator, Joy Gwendo has been sentenced to two and half years in prison over fraud.
Ms Gwendo was apprehended in January by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives over stealing and issuing a cheque of Ksh2.2 million that bounced, belonging to Kisumu East Cotton Growers Cooperative Society between October and December 2016.
In August, Gwendo pleaded guilty to abuse of office charges and theft of Kshh2.2 million.
It was reported that she entered a plea bargain with DPP Noordin Haji to pay the full amount of money amounting to Ksh3 million in four installments, but seemingly she has been unable to raise the amount.
The court found her dishonest, and ordered that she be jailed without the option of a fine because of ‘hoodwinking the court.’
“On the 23rd day of October 2016 at Chiga Parish in Kisumu East within Kisumu County used her position as a State officer to confer herself Ksh2,226,800 the property of Kisumu East Cotton Growers Cooperative Society through Kivali Development Initiative,” the charge sheet reads.
She was also denied the right of appeal with the court saying it had considered the mitigation.
“It is noteworthy that she executed a plea bargaining agreement yet she was sure that she could not honour the same. She was hoodwinking the court and therefore lied to the court,” the judge ruled.
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