The Nairobi County Assembly plans to once again spend Sh35 million to secure an official residence for its spokesperson, reliving a search that has continued since 2013.
The county government has allocated the amount for the acquisition of land and the construction of an official residence for the speaker.
According to the Nairobi County fiscal strategy document for the financial year ending June 30, 2022, the official residence of the president should be a new house.
Currently, the assembly has been offering the speaker 150,000 shillings a month as a housing allowance, but the benefit will be withdrawn next June.
“The funds allocated will be used for the acquisition of land and the construction of an official residence for the honorable speaker,” the document reads.
Nairobi County’s efforts to secure a home for its governor remain clouded by controversy as district representatives and the executive squabble over whether to renovate the mansion that housed the city’s former mayors in the leafy suburb of Lavington or build a new home for your county chief.
In the financial year ending June 30, 2018, the county assembly budgeted for the purchase of the official residence and even announced the tender, but disputes between then-secretary Jacob Ngwele and former spokeswoman Beatrice Elachi halted the acquisition process. .
The assembly had set aside Sh150 million to purchase a mansion that would be located in the UN designated blue zones, including Karen, Kileleshwa, High Ridge, Kitisuru, Lang’ata, Muthangari, Spring Valley, Muthaiga, Loresho, Lower Kabete, Windsor and Balozi.
Then the search narrowed down to two houses in Lavington and Gigiri, both Nairobi County Government properties, and what was left was the inspection of the houses before the final selection.