Lawyer Miguna Miguna on Tuesday, November 1, countered Azimio party leader, Raila Odinga’s, demands for the immediate release of jailed Sirisia Member of Parliament, John Waluke.
Miguna urged Raila to desist from issuing demands to the court and pressuring the Judiciary, arguing that the former Prime Minister was hypocritical.
Raila, he stated, was vocal about the adherence to the rule of law and respecting the independence of the Judiciary before the August 9 polls.
“He yelled endlessly about the rule of law during the just concluded presidential campaign,” remarked Miguna.
Miguna also supported the court’s decision to prosecute Waluke, who was found guilty of embezzling Ksh297 million in the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) maize fraud case.
“Waluke must stay in jail where he belongs,” Miguna, who recently returned to the country from forced exile in Canada, agitated.
The former Prime minister had earlier demanded the lawmaker’s release, claiming that the crime did not warrant criminal proceedings.
Speaking at a burial ceremony in Kakamega County on Monday, October 31, the former prime minister claimed that the sentence given to the MP was unfair.
“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,” Raila demanded.
“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 a bond immediately,” he stated.
Waluke was jailed for 67 years with an alternative of a Ksh1 billion fine. His business partner, Grace Wakhungu, was jailed for 69 years.
October 6, High Court Judge Esther Maina 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.
The court also noted that the evidence brought against him was factual as it showed the accused had been illegally receiving the money.
The two are serving jail terms after failing to come up with bail.
Prices of These Commodities Dropped in November
A report by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) on the state of the consumer economy has revealed that the cost of living slightly eased in November.
KNBS, on Wednesday, November 30 placed the inflation rate at 9.5 per cent, a 0.1 per cent drop from the previous month of October.
Among the factors that contributed to the slight dip was the reduction in the cost of basic commodities. Cooking oil, recorded an average drop of Ksh21.93 per litre.
“During the same period, prices of cooking oil (salad), tomatoes and fortified maize flour dropped by 6.0, 2.2, and 1.0 per cent, respectively.
“The month-to-month Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages Index increased by 0.6,” the statement read in part.
The cost of maize flour dropped by Ksh1.83 per two-kilogram packet while the same unit of tomatoes cost Ksh1.98 less.
Some of the non-food commodities whose prices dropped include the electricity bought on a small scale (Ksh46.48 per 50 kilowatts) and Ksh184.2 for 200 kilowatts.
The cost of fuel super petrol, diesel and kerosene also dropped by Ksh1.10, while a 13-kg cylinder of liquefied petroleum gas retailed by Ksh79 less. Commuters also paid less for their travel, according to the Bureau.
Kenyans coughed up more cash for rent, alcoholic beverages and fresh farm produce during the month under review. The consumer price index (CPI) increased from 127.86 to 128.31.
However, in comparison to the same period in 2021, the rate of inflation leapt by 3.7 points from 5.8 per cent.
“The rise in inflation was largely due to increase in prices of commodities under food and non-alcoholic beverages (15.4 per cent) transport (11.7 per cent) and housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (6.1 per cent),” KNBS disclosed
The Martyr? Preacher Jailed For 8,658 Years
A court has sentenced a televangelist, who surrounded himself with young women he referred to as his “kittens”, to 8,658 years in prison.
The court in Turkey sentenced Adnan Oktar, who has been described as a cult leader, and was convicted of sexual assault and abuse of minors.
Oktar, 66, fronted his own television channel, through which he delivered religious sermons.
He is a fierce opponent of the theory of evolution, and wrote a widely mocked book on creationism.
He was originally given a jail sentence of 1,075 years but an appeal court ordered a retrial involving 215 defendants.
Ten of them were also given 8,658 years in prison by the court in Istanbul. Many of the other defendants were given shorter terms.
Oktar and hundreds of his followers were arrested in 2018 from his home on a litany of charges, including running a criminal organisation, tax offences, sexual abuse, and counter-terrorism laws.
During his arrest, Oktar told journalists that the allegations made against him were “lies” and “a game by the British deep state”, a topic he had frequently spoken about in the past.
In January 2021 he was convicted of 10 separate charges, including leading a criminal gang, engaging in political and military espionage, sexual abuse of minors, rape, blackmail and causing torment.
He was also charged over alleged links with exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, who the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a failed military coup in 2016 which killed 251 people and injured more than 2,000.
An upper court overturned that ruling.
Oktar’s views have earned him a degree of notoriety both in Turkey and abroad, having been arrested multiple times before 2018 and having spent time both in prison and a psychiatric unit over the years.
Multiple copies of his widely ridiculed book “the Atlas of Creation” were reportedly shipped unrequested to academics and libraries. In the book he claimed Darwin’s theory of evolution lay at the root of global terrorism.