Thursday May 28, 2020 – Chief Justice David Maraga has spoken about a ruling by a Nairobi court on Wednesday where a former Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officer was fined Sh 2 million for receiving a bribe of Sh 15 million.

In the controversial ruling, Justice Lawrence Mugambi slapped Robert Maina Ngumi with a Sh 2 million fine for soliciting and receiving a bribe of Sh15 million.

Ngumi, a former Manager at the Domestic Taxes Department, received the bribe from a businessman so that he could reduce tax arrears of Sh 439.9 million to Sh18.6 million.

Ngumi committed this crime six years ago and was presented to the Anti-Corruption court by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

Justice Mugambi, in his ruling, said Ngumi should serve 18 months in prison should he fail to pay the fine.

The ruling sparked social media uproar from Kenyans who said that the fine was just a drop in the ocean, compared to the bribe that he received.

But Maraga’s Judiciary, in their response, said Ngumi was charged in March 2014 with four counts which were later reduced to two counts.

“The accused solicited the amount of Sh15 million, but unknown to him, the Anti-Corruption Commission was alerted.”

“On the day, he was to receive the bribe, he was given US dollars 1,100 equivalent to Sh110, 000,” read a statement from the Judiciary.


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