Azimio party leader on Monday, October 31 demanded the immediate release of Sirisia Member of Parliament (MP) John Waluke on bond terms.
Speaking during the burial ceremony of Mama Philomena Barasa in Kakamega County, Raila claimed that the imprisonment or fine alternative slapped on MP was unfair.
Odinga argued that Waluke was being discriminated against because of his political affiliations and that the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji dropped the charges against the MP.
Azimio party leader Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyokaduring the burial of Mama Philomena Barasa in Kakamega County on Monday, October 31, 2022.
“How can you condemn a 55-year-old to 67 years imprisonment? That is akin to jailing Raila for 50 years, is that fair? We want Waluke to be granted bond immediately!” he posed.
The former Prime Minister opined that the offence committed by the lawmaker did not warrant criminal proceedings but should have been heard at a civil court.
“He was charged for billing and receiving money for services he did not deliver and should have been asked to refund it instead. That case should be done away with in totality,” Odinga demanded.
In addition, the opposition chief threw jabs at the judiciary over the vacation of charges levelled against Kenya Kwaza allies including some of the recently appointed cabinet secretaries.
He questioned the insufficient-evidence-to- prosecute narrative by the DPP which led to some of the cases being settled out of court.
However, DPP Haji defended his decision to review some of the cases he filed against a section of Kenya Kwanza allies. In an interview on October 30, he revealed that he noticed inconsistencies in the evidence gathered by police.
Speaking on the graft case against Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, he claimed that his officers discovered that some of the evidence brought to his desk was doctored.
He accused former Director of Criminal Investigations(DCI) George Kinoto of allegedly using the media to rush him into prosecuting some of the leaders in the run up to August elections.
On October 6, High Court Judge Esther Maina on dismissed Waluke’s appeal contesting a ruling by the Anti-Corruption Court which sentenced him to 67 years in prison or pay an alternative fine of Ksh1 billion.
Sirisia MP John Waluke appears in a court in Nairobi.