Sirisia Member of Parliament John Waluke has been dealt with a blow after the High court has dismissed his application seeking to be allowed to travel to the United States for a parliamentary event.
Anti-corruption Judge Esther Maina rejected the application terming him a convict who is not allowed to travel outside the country.
Waluke, who is no stranger to court battles, alongside his business partner, Grace Wakhungu, were imprisoned on June 22,202 by the Anti-Corruption Court after being found guilty of fraud and illegal acquisition of Sh297 million through shady deals at the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB).
The details of the case were backtracked to August 2004 when Erad Supplies and General Contractors Limited was awarded a Sh778 million tender to supply 40,000 tonnes of maize.
The company then was known to be owned by the late businessman Jacob Juma, who was the only director known publicly.
The names of the two, Waluke and Wakhungu only came into the public limelight after a case was filed in court, following a breach in contract.
From the contract, the company was to receive Sh19,465 per tonne for the maize that was to be imported from Ethiopia. However, the company failed to supply even a single grain despite receiving a down payment of Sh300 million.
This forced NCPB to cancel the contract, forcing Erad to move to court where an arbitrator was appointed. The arbitrator awarded Erad Sh564 million for breach of the contract, but the NCPB contested the decision at the High Court.
However, the two were released on Sh10 million and Sh20 million cash bail respectively after spending three months in jail for theft.
The judge also directed them to deposit their passports in court and that pending the appeal they should not leave the country without the court’s permission.