Kenya’s judiciary is seeking 2.1 billion shillings to purchase 232 high-end cars for judges with each of them estimated to cost 11 million shillings.
The judiciary’s demands are listed out in the Judiciary’s Budget Estimates submitted to the National Assembly for approval. The judiciary seeks to buy for the judges 80 Mercedes Benz E200 valued at a total cost of 883 million shillings.
The judiciary seeks to have the Members of Parliament (MPs) approve a total of 5 billion shillings where other than the 2.1 billion shillings that are purposed for the 232 fuel guzzlers, 2.9 billion shillings is to be allocated to ‘other priority areas’.
‘Other priority areas’ listed in the Budget Estimates include car loans for judges and judicial staff, pension and mortgages. The judiciary also to seek to purchase 41 Mercedes Benz for new judges valued at 453 million shillings.
The judiciary also seeks approval for a financial allocation to purchase 50 4×4 Ford Rangers which will cost 8 million shillings per car totaling to 383 million shillings. The Maraga-led arm of Government also seeks to buy 20 4×4 Ford Rangers that will cost 153 million shillings.
High Court seeks to purchase 41 4X4 Chev Trailblazer for its stations which are estimated to cost around 260 million shillings with a single unit set to cost around 6 million shillings.
In his submission to the National Assembly, Deputy Chief Registrar, Paul Maina, says the move to purchase the huge number of the fuel guzzlers is necessitated by the current situation where he says judges are forced to share vehicles which slow down the swiftness of handling court cases.
“It is our humble request that this submission is positively received and that our prayer for additional funding of 5 billion shillings is granted by the honorable members,” Maina’s Submission reads.
The judiciary, however, was recently accused in a report by the Auditor General Edward Ouko of varying the cost of buying a vehicle from 10.5 million shillings to 11.6 million shillings.
The judiciary defended itself from the Auditor General’s report by arguing that the supplier who had been awarded the tender had given the addition of features that led to the revision of the contract from a previous 10,500,000 million shillings to 11,671,600 million shillings.