Kenyan judges to receive Sh9 million fuel guzzlers despite President Kenyatta’s order to cut on motoring expenses

Some of the vehicles assigned to the 35 judges have aged and are prone to break downs.

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The state organ said it requires Sh315 million for purchase of motor vehicles for 10 judges without vehicles and replacement of 25 others, translating to Sh9 million for each vehicle.

The move comes amid austerity measures and budget cuts announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta last week, including slashing on motoring expenses, in a bid to plug budget gaps following amendments to tax measures.

Some of the fuel guzzlers targeted by the Judiciary include Toyota Land Cruiser V8, BMW, Range Rover Evoque and Mercedes Benz E220.

Budget cut

Chief Justice David Maraga told Parliament that vehicles assigned to the 35 judges had aged and are prone to breakdowns.

Treasury CS Henry Rotich, in June, snubbed House recommendation to reduce the Judiciary’s budget by Sh2.5 billion.

This following Justice Maraga's assertion that Treasury’s budget cut would force the Judiciary to suspend operations of more than 50 mobile courts across the country, derailing efforts to clear the backlog of cases.

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