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CJ Maraga declines to take 3 goats offered to him by Kakamega Sen. Malala.


Chief Justice David Maraga on Friday, September 25 rejected three goats gifted to him by Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala.

Maraga was in Kakamega County to launch a new building which houses the Kakamega Law Courts, when Malala offered to give him three goats, saying they symbolised the three Arms of Government (Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary) which “should work in harmony”.

The CJ, however, refused to take the goats, saying the judges’ code of conduct doesn’t allow him to take the gifts or gifts more than Ksh 20,000.

He handed the goats to Kakamega law courts users’ committee chairman Sylvester Mambiri.

“The senator has donated a gift to me but he has put me in trouble because I think he has a case in court,” he said.

The CJ made his utterance days after controversy over his advisory to President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve Parliament for failure to legislate on the two-thirds gender rule.