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Benjamin Wade’s second trial has been interpreted as a punishment for his honesty as a minister

Benjamin Wade’s second trial has been interpreted as a punishment for his honesty as a minister

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Benjamin Wade was born in Oxford, England and came to Kenya in 1956 as a medical student. He worked as a doctor in the Rift Valley for 25 years and then became assistant director of the National Hospital and Hospital Trust in Kisumu.

In 2009 he became Kenya’s first minister of health. In his first speech as minister he said he would try to end the country’s “long and humiliating” wait for its first anti-retroviral drug, which was approved only in 2012.

His tenure has been widely described as one that was characterised by confusion and crisis management.

In 2013, he was indicted for abuse of office after he was charged with allegedly lying to the Supreme Court as he attempted to contest his election, and was found guilty of a lesser offence.

His second trial collapsed for a similar reason in 2016. In the early hours of the morning, Mr Wade was taken into custody by a judge, accused of failing to declare assets, and a judge was charged with failing to appear in court.

A video taken from inside his home a year later showed him asleep in the courtroom as he was being taken away.

Later on Friday, after his second court appearance, he was found not guilty on the assets charge, but was found guilty on the failure to appearance charge, and his trial was suspended.

His first trial collapsed in 2016 after a lawyer said he had failed to show up in court for a hearing, but he escaped a more serious charge of misappropriating the funds of the ministry.

Some people say Mr Wade’s second trial was a trial on his character and integrity, but others claim he is now on a mission to clean up his ministry.

His second arrest has been widely interpreted as a punishment for his honesty as a minister. A senior government official said it was a “punishment” for Mr Wade’s honesty.

“I can’t believe someone would be honest and then lie about it and then come into public office,” the official said.

“The public in general looks to

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