Former nominated senator Joy Pleads guilty to charges against her

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Former nominated Senator Joy Gwendo has pleaded guilty to abuse of office charges after coming up with an agreement with DPP Noordin Haji.

The former Senator has agreed to pay the Kisumu East Cotton Growers Cooperative Sacco Sh1.7 million, the amount of money she is said to have stolen.

Appearing before Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti, she also pleaded guilty to three of five counts of theft and issuing of bad cheques. In January this year, the former nominated senator was accused of forging a Sh200, 000 cheque drawn from a Kenya Commercial Bank account in favour of Kivuli Development Initiative and signed by Willy Kipkorir Bett.

Two other counts stated that she issued two forged cheques of Sh300, 000 and Sh950, 000 respectively at the KICC in December 2016. An abuse of office charge also stated that she used her position as a state official to confer a benefit of Sh2 million.

Gwendo will be sentenced on December 7 after returning stolen funds.

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