On Thursday, June 25, businesswoman Grace Wakhungu alongside Sirisia MP was sentenced to more than 50 years in jail over several counts of fraud, including the Ksh300 million maize scandal.
Sirisia MP was sentenced to 69 years in jail unless he pays about Ksh1.4 billion in fine.
Even as the lawyers of the two were seeking for an appeal regarding the sentence, the families of the two were planning otherwise, to raise money and help their kind from serving a jail term.
MP John Waluke has called on the public to help them raise the hefty fine to save the husband through M-Pesa.
On the other side, our sources have established that Grace Wakhungu has already raised Ksh500 million, thanks to her strong family background.
SonkoNews established Wakhungu’s family raised the money during a two-hour family lunch meeting last week.
Grace Wakhungu Family
Grace Wahungu was raised in a family of sixteen siblings who are now among the most successful people in Kenya and Uganda. The family is made up of top-notch lawyers, surgeons, engineers, educationists, diplomats. athletes and politicians.
Grace Wakhungu is the daughter of the first Anglican Church of Kenya Canon, Jeremiah Awori. She is also the sister to former Vice President Moody Awori.
Her sister, Agrrey Awori is a Lead Economist in Uganda and was once an MP and a cabinet minister in Museveni’s government.
Her daughter, Prof Judy Wakhungu is a former Environment Cabinet Secretary and currently Kenya’s ambassador to France.
She is also the sister to one of Kenya’s billionaires, Dr. Mary Okello the first female manager at Barclays and founder-director of Makini Schools.
While her brother Dennis Awori is Kenya’s ambassador to Japan and a former chairman of Toyota East Africa, managing director of Lonrho EA and also general manager of CMC in Uganda and Kenya.
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Grace Wakhungu’s other siblings include Christine Hayanga, a lawyer married to Andrew Hayanga, Henry Awori (former Kenya’s Commissioner of Insurance, Wiilia Awori, the HR Director, ICIPE, Engineer Ernest Awori, Winfred Odera among others.
Grace is also the aunt to the current Absa Bank CEO Jeremy Awori.
With such profile names surrounding her, raising the Ksh1.2 billion fine could look like a light-duty to the family.