In a surprising turn of events on Friday, Chief Justice David Maraga was gifted with 3 goats from Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala only for the CJ to reject and turn it down.
Malala presented the goats to the CJ and said that the three goats represents the three arms of government.
“I want to present to you these three gifts as you go back. This symbolises unity in the three arms of the government and will motivate you to achieve this legacy.” Malala stated.
The CJ had visited Kakamega county to launch a new building housing the Kakamega Law Courts, Malala stated that the goats represented the three arms of the government.
“We understand that the CJ has every reason to secure his legacy. Kenyans have no problem with that zeal and the CJ’s quest to uphold the rule of law and Constitutionalism. However, the CJ should call a truce with the Executive and Legislature by withdrawing his advisory to President Kenyatta” Malala said.
But when Maraga took to the podium, he turned down the gift stating that the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) code of conduct did not allow him to receive gifts of more than Ksh 20,000.
He also stated that considering the Senator has a case to answer in court, it was not in order for him to receive a gift from him.
“First, If I am not wrong, the senator has a case in court,” Maraga stated, leaving the audience in stitches.
“Secondly, under the Judicial code of conduct, I am not allowed to take a gift worth more than Ksh 20,000 and in my estimation, the goats might have cost more than Ksh30,000,” he added.
CJ Maraga would then hand over the goats to the Chairperson of the Kakamega Law Courts.
Also present during the function were Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, Woman Representative Elsie Muhanda and Lurambi MP Titus Khamala.
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