The County Government of Nairobi is on the wing to approve Ksh500 million to buy stylish mansions for its Governor, Ann Kananu, and Deputy Governor, a position which is not occupied yet.
According to reports from City Hall, the houses of the two powerful leaders of Kenya’s capital will be purchased in the posh estates.
The funds were allocated under the annual County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) for the Financial Year 2022-2023 by Nairobi County Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committee.
“The County Government of Nairobi plans to purchase Governor’s and Deputy Governor’s residences amounting to Ksh500 million in the next financial year, which begins on July 1, 2022,”
However, this proposition is against the directive of the Senate, which had outlined that the Governor’s house should not cost over Ksh45 million. The Senate also delimited the house of Deputy Governor and County Assembly Speaker from costing over Ksh40 million and Ksh35 million, respectively.
City Hall’s intent is also contradictory with an edict by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), given in 2020, that required all counties to construct residential houses for their county chiefs to hack down the allowances granted to them as monthly rent expenditure.
The National Treasury, led by Ukur Yattani Kanacho, had complained that the rent expenditures; Ksh5 million for governors, Ksh4.5 million for deputy governors, and ksh3.75 million for speakers were overwhelming the budget as more money should be allotted to development projects.
Formerly, the Nairobi Governor was to reside in Mayor’s official residence in Lavington, but the house was occupied by former County Executive Committee (CEC) member Ann Lokidor.
Lokidor was however kicked out in November 2018.