Court rules to­day whether to re­lease former MP Si­mam on bond

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

The po­lit­i­cal fate of former MP Peris Si­mam (pic­tured) could be sealed af­ter she was con­victed of cor­rup­tion last week. Si­mam, who had de­clared she would vie for Uasin Gishu sen­a­tor, and her hus­band Enock Kimeli will ap­pear in court to­day for the rul­ing of their bond ap­pli­ca­tion. They were de­tained on Fri­day when they

failed to pay a Sh10 mil­lion fine. The two, along­side Shachile La­ban, Ma­luti Ma­luti, John Khaemba and Wis­don Maina were were found guilty of cor­rup­tion by an El­doret court. They were con­victed on 10 counts of cor­rup­tion. The six will each be jailed 18 years if they do not pay the fines rang­ing be­tween Sh700,000 to Sh5 mil­lion for each

of the counts. Un­der the law, any­one sen­tenced to a jail term ex­ceed­ing six months ei­ther at the time of reg­is­tra­tion as a can­di­date or elec­tion will be dis­qual­i­fied from vy­ing. Those found to have con­tra­vened Chap­ter Six, mis­used or abused state/public

of­fice can­not vie. The six were charged with eco­nomic crimes and abuse of of­fice when Si­mam was MP be­tween 2007 and 2013. “We will def­i­nitely ap­peal the rul­ing next week,” lawyer Michael Chem­wok said. The lawyers will seek to over­turn the con­vic­tion

at the High Court. Si­mam was ac­cused of in­flu­enc­ing the award of a ten­der to her com­pany, Kachur Hold­ings, for con­struc­tion of the Bayete-Chuiyat-Bargeiywa road. More than Sh4.5 mil­lion was il­le­gally paid to the

firm, yet the road was not re­paired.

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