Waluke returns to Parliament after serving 3 months in jail, given heroes welcome

Debate interrupted as MPs welcome colleague found guilty of theft of taxpayers money

Sirisia MP John Waluke returns to Parliament after serving 3 months in jail, given heroes welcome

Sirisia MP John Waluke on Thursday attended his first parliamentary session since his release from jail where he had been held since June 2020.

Waluke was given a heroes welcome that briefly interrupted proceedings at the National Assembly.

MPs thumped their feet while Jubilee Nominated MP ululated and clapped prompting a warning from the temporary Speaker Jessica Mbalu.

"Mr Speaker, I apologize for getting carried away. I was a little over excited but unlike my colleagues who used their feet, I don't have legs so I used my hands and my mouth," Sankok said.

Waluke said he was grateful to be free after what he described as a tough three months behind bars.

"I was in jail for almost four months and I want to thank all those members of this house who stand with me in those difficult times. It is a very big experience and I have also learnt a lot," the MP said.

Waluke was in June convicted on charges of theft of public funds and sentenced to 67 years in prison with the alternative of a Sh1.02 billion.

The MP appealed the decision at the High Court and on Monday gained temporary relief after he was granted a Sh10 million cash bail.

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