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Inside Ksh258M State House, Lodges Facelift For 2022 President

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The winner of the upcoming August 9, 2022, presidential elections will be treated to a State House Nairobi, State Lodges and the Deputy President’s official residence revamped at a cost of Ksh258 million once they take office.

The Treasury, in documents submitted to Parliament, has allocated Ksh94 million in the financial year starting July 2022 for the repairs of State House and State lodges and Ksh20 million for the refurbishment of the DP’s residence in Karen.

Ksh57 million will be spent to refurbish State House Nairobi while Ksh42 million will be spent refurbishing State House Mombasa. Nakuru State House will be allocated Ksh35 million.

Side by side image of William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga. /CANVA

It has also provided additional allocations towards the makeover of the President’s Harambee House offices in Nairobi CBD and the Deputy President’s Harambee House Annex office, which are opposite each other.

Mombasa State House and Nakuru State Houses will also benefit from the facelift.

At the Deputy President’s office, Ksh20 million has been allocated out of which Ksh2.4 million will go towards upgrading buildings at Karen while the balance of Ksh18 million will be spent on routine maintenance of Harambee House Annex.

A further Ksh9.3 million will be spent on rehabilitation works at the Presidents’ Harambee House office.

The tax-paying Kenyan will also fork out the cost of repainting the Eldoret State Lodge and three other others, despite them being rarely used by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

State Lodge Kisumu, Kakamega and Sagana will also be refurbished once the Treasury sets aside money ahead of the 2022/23 financial year.

It will spend Ksh27 million on rehabilitation works at Sagana State Lodge, Eldoret (Ksh16 million), Kisumu (Ksh14.9 million) and Kakamega (Ksh15 million).

The Kisii State Lodge was officially gazetted as a protected area on October 21, 2020, the same day President Uhuru Kenyatta received the now-nullified BBI report.

It was formerly the county commissioner’s official residence prior to its upgrading to a state lodge to match the standards of the Head of State.

President Uhuru Kenyatta had announced that the 2020 Mashujaa Day celebrations would be held in Kisii, which prompted construction works to be carried out in the area.

The Kirinyaga State Lodge was completed in 2021 ahead of the same celebrations held in October.

An image of outside the Kirinyaga State Lodge. /FILE

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