Kenya: Ex-Senator Joy Gwendo Jailed in Nairobi

7 December 2018

Former nominated Senator Joy Gwendo jailed for 2 years by a Nairobi court for stealing Sh1.7 million from a cooperative society in Kisumu.

Ms Gwendo was handed the sentence on Friday for abuse of office and failure to honour a plea bargain she entered into with the state to settle a Sh1.7-million debt.

Sentencing the former legislator, Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti said she was a dishonest person, especially after failing to honour a plea bargain requiring her to return the money as part of settling the case.

In the plea bargain, the prosecution agreed to withdraw two counts of forgery and stealing.

The former lawmaker had agreed to return the money in four instalments of Sh432,930.

In her mitigation before sentencing on Friday, Ms Gwedo said she was remorseful and was willing to settle the debt.

The court directed her to serve two years for abuse of office and six months each for forging and issuing bad cheques.

The former TNA nominated senator pleaded guilty to charges of abuse of office and issuing bad cheques.

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