On Thursday, Grace Wakhungu was sentenced to 69 years in jail or ksh500 million fine over a National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) scandal.
Wakhungu was sentenced with Sirisia MP John Waluke, who may serve 67 years in jail or pay a fine of Ksh1.5billion.
Wakhungu is former Kenyan Vice President Moody Awori’s sister. She was born in a family of 16 siblings.
All the siblings are doing well, with some being high-ranking lawyers, engineers, politicians, surgeons, athletes, educationists and diplomats.
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Moreover, Wakhungu has already managed to raise the ksh500million needed to escape the jail term. The money has already been paid.
According to a local daily, the money was raised over a two-hour family lunch meeting last week. The money was collected in a bid to save the woman from spending 69 years in jail.
When asked about how she raised the money, Wakhungu said it was obtained from a family account.
Raising the money comes as no surprise as Wakhungu’s family is made up of well-known and high-ranking professionals. Her daughter is a former cabinet secretary and is currently Kenya’s ambassador to France.
One of Wakhungu’s sister is Dr Mary Okello who is the first female manager at Barclays Bank and founder of Makini schools. She sold the schools for over one million shillings a few years back.
Her nephew Jeremy Awori is the current Absa Bank CEO.
Wakhungu’s brother Dennis Awori is Kenya’s former ambassador to Japan and a former chairman of Toyota EA. He has also served as chairman of Kenya Airways.
Wakhungu’s family is surrounded by a mass of wealth gained by the hard-working and well-connected siblings and extended family.
There are so many more influential family members not mentioned and the money requested in court looks like a drop in the ocean for Wakhungu and her family.