The Judiciary is planning to spend Ksh2 billion to buy more than 200 luxury cars for judges and other staff in the courts.
The institution led by Chief Justice David Maraga has submitted the demands to the National Assembly for approval.
The Judiciary’s Budget Estimates reveal that 80 Mercedes Benz E200 vehicles meant for High Court judges will cost Ksh11 million each.
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41 new judges will also get to be the proud owners of the high-end vehicles.
41 Chevrolet Trailblazers will be purchased at a cost of Ksh6 million each and will be handed to High Court Stations.
The institution will purchase an additional 70 Ford Rangers valued at Ksh8 million each.
Defending the budget, Deputy Chief Registrar Paul Maina, stated that judges had been forced to share vehicles thus slowing down movements.
He added that the inconveniences resulted in a slow pace in handling cases.
“Whereas we appreciate the additional Ksh2 billion allocated in the latest approved Budget Policy Statement, we will have a shortfall due to enormous caseload.
The anticipated recruitment of more judges to help in expediting and reducing cases, including anti-corruption cases, and the need for vehicles for these new judges and the current judges who have had to share vehicles,” read Maina’s submission to the House.
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“It is our humble request that this submission be positively received and that our prayer for additional funding of Ksh5 billion be granted by the honorable members,” he concluded.