ECCENTRIC former nominated Senator Joy Adhiambo Gwendo is trying to settle her corruption case out of court.
In event there is no positive progress the case will then proceed to a full hearing.
A prosecutor said there are “certain” conditions EACC has set to be met by the suspect before they are involved in the negotiations.
The trial court heard that she has approached the DPP but is yet to engage EACC whose lead investigator in the case has to be involved in the plea bargain.
Page on Google
EACC arrested and charged Gwendo with five offences including theft of peasants money in Kisumu.
The action follows consent given by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to charge her for stealing, forgery, issuing bad cheques and abuse of office in respect of a whooping KSh2.2 million stolen from members of Kisumu East Cotton Growers in 2016.
The offences were allegedly committed in October and December 2016.
Gwendo doesn’t shy away from drama, a fact that has decorated her first page on Google with allegations of home wrecking and being arrested for failing alcoblow tests.
She once slapped her personal assistant over a make-up delay…
The first corruption charge against the politician states 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.
Abuse of office
A second charge is that she forged a cheque No.000072 drawn on Kenya Commercial bank account number 1179132254 of Ksh 200K, purported to be drawn in favour of Kivuli Development Initiative and signed by Willy Kipkorir Bett.
The third and fourth accusations state she issued two forged cheques to appease the farmers for Ksh300,000 and Ksh 950,000 respectively, the offence being committed at the KICC in December 2016.
A fifth count of abuse of office states that she used her position as a state official to confer a benefit of Ksh2 million by conning the hapless farmers.
She’s been released on a bond of Ksh600k or a cash bail of Ksh300k after denying all charges and pending a further court appearance on February 8 2017.
The trial court heard that on April 11 2018 the DPP wrote to EACC seeking views and comments on the proposed negotiations.
According to a section of the penal code, the investigating officer must be involved in the agreement.
The court was told the EACC was yet to respond to the DPP’s letter but had acknowledged receiving it as per a communiqué dated April 18 2018, which was presented in court.
Caught on camera
Parties have been allowed two weeks to report on the progress and return to court on May 18 2018.
A magistrate noted that since Gwendo was charged on January 28 2018 and documents in the case exchanged there has been this intimation of settling the matter out of court.
The former TNA nominated Senator, was caught on camera roughing up her Personal Assistant in the paragraph mentioned above.
She even dared the poor lady to go to the media or report the matter to the police if she wished, saying she was untouchable.
Last year, her bodyguard shot a passenger on a motorcycle in Kijabe on the pretext that he was a criminal.