In Summary
  • 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.

  • The plea bargain was reached after the former TNA senator pleaded guilty to charges of abuse of office and issuing bad cheques.

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

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

Ms Gwendo, the first former/ sitting senator to be locked up, was handed the sentence on Friday for abuse of office and failure to honour a plea bargain she entered into with the state to pay Sh1.7-million she fraudulently received.

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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 had agreed to withdraw two counts of forgery and stealing and 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 plea bargain was reached after the former TNA senator pleaded guilty to charges of abuse of office and issuing bad cheques.

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

During the trial, the first charge stated that on October 23 2016 at Chiga Parish in Kisumu East, Kisumu County, she stole Ksh2,226,880 belonging to Kisumu East Cotton Growers Co-operative Society.

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