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Kenyan politician, John Gakuo jailed over cemetery land scandal dies in prison

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A Kenyan politician, John Gakuo was serving a 3-year jail term over a cemetery land scandal he got convicted for, is reportedly dead.

Kenyan politician, John Gakuo jailed over cemetery land scandal dies in prison lailasnews

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John Gakuo who is a former Nairobi Town Clerk, was rushed to the hospital from Nairobi Remand Prison in Industrial Area after developing health complications.  Confirming his death, his lawyer Asa Nyakundi said his body had been moved to the mortuary.

The deceased who appeal to be released on bail was rejected by Justice John Onyiego, had cited his age and ill health as the main reasons in the application to be released from jail. It was gathered that his main appeal came up for hearing last week, but the judge was absent and he was given another hearing for Wednesday.

John Gakuo was jailed alongside former local government permanent secretary Sammy Kirui, for abuse of office in connection with the purchase of cemetery land valued at Sh283 million. The two were sentenced to three years in jail each and fined Sh1 million, for abuse of office and failure to comply with procurement rules.

 

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