Ex-nominated senator Joy Gwendo released on bail after appealing a two year sentence


Former Nominated senator Joy Gwendo has been released from prison a week after she was sentenced to serve two years in jail.

Gwendo moved to the High Court to appeal the orders by the anti corruption court Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti sentencing her.

She was charged in January with stealing Sh 2.2 million belonging to the society, abuse of office and issuing bad cheques. The former senator

She is seeking to have the orders vacated before Justice Ngenye Macharia.

The judge released her on a Sh 400,000 cash bail upon depositing a bankers cheque is Sh 1,731,732 in the name of Kisumu East Cotton Cooperative Society as ordered by the court.

In a plea bargain, the former legislator agreed to pay the society.

She pleaded guilty to the charges of abuse of office and two others of issuing a bad cheque.

However, she failed to honour the plea bargain and was sentenced to two years in jail without an option of a fine on 7th December.

Gwendo is also seeking orders to have her released upon depositing the cheques.

She approached the trial court on 10th December in a bid to secure a mention date to facilitate payment of compensation but was declined.

According to her, the amount belongs to the society members and they stand to suffer irreparable prejudice of being kept out of their money any further especially in he circumstances where full compensation is offered.