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Former Nominated Senator Jailed for two years


Former nominated Senator Joy Gwendo has been sentenced to two years in jail without the option of a fine.

Anti-Corruption Court chief magistrate Douglas Ogoti handed her the sentence she  failed to honor a plea bargain she entered with the state to pay a Kisumu sacco Sh1.7 million.

“..It is noteworthy that she executed a plea bargaining agreement yet she was sure that she could not honor the same. She was hoodwinking the court and therefore lied,” the judge said

Gwendo had pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud in August following the plea bargain deal with the DPP.

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In the deal, the former legislator agreed to pay the sacco the said cash, being the genesis of the case.

She also pleaded guilty to one count of abuse of office and two others of issuing bad cheques.

She admitted that she issued a cheque of Sh300,000 in favour of Kisumu East Cotton Growers Cooperative Society through CFC Stanbic Kivuli’s development initiative’s account yet she knew there were insufficient funds.

Gwendo also admitted issuing another cheque on the same day worth khs.950,000