By Peter Orengo
He handed over the gifts he said were given to him by Turkish businessmen last week.
The businessmen gave him a golden hand painted decorative Turkish glass bowl, a golden decorative glass brass ewer and a plate.
Article 76(1) of the Constitution provides that “a gift or donation to a state officer on a public or official occasion is a gift to the state” hence the requirement that such items be surrendered unless exempted under an Act of Parliament.
Officers can only accept gifts that are non-monetary and whose value does not exceed that prescribed by the regulation.
“Sometimes when we go out as public officers we forget about this law after getting very valuable gifts,” said Raila.
He said the law was enacted to discourage corruption and that should also happen within the country.
“State officers who receive gifts in the form of animals and go ahead and keep them for themselves should stop,” said Raila.
The two gifts whose value was not revealed were handed to National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende, who is the chairman of the powers and privileges committee.
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