Chief Justice David Maraga on Friday, September 25, turned down 3 goats that he had been gifted by Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala.
Malala, however, did not let the senator go back home with the goats but instead handed them to the Kakamega Law Courts users’ committee Chairman Sylvester Mambiri.
Presenting the gifts during the launch of a new building which houses the Kakamega Law Courts, Malala offered the three goats saying they symbolised the three Arms of Government
“On behalf of the people of Kakamega and as the senator for Kakamega, I want to present to you a symbolic gift that is going to motivate you to achieve this legacy,” said Malala.
” I have three animals here representing three arms of government. This symbolises unity among the three arms of the government,’ he added.
However, when Maraga took to the podium, he stated that he could not accept the gifts because the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) code of conduct did not allow him to receive gifts of more than Ksh 20,000.
“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 ma 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.