Taxpayers to pay Sh 100 million for city hall renovations

Taxpayers are expected to part with at least Sh 100 million to renovate City Hall that hosts Nairobi County offices.

According to County Annual Development Plan (CADP), Governor Mike Sonko is determined to give the County government headquarters a new look after the project failed to kick off in the last financial year.

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In the financial year 2019-2020, the office of the governor had set aside Sh 295 million towards the renovation of the city hall. However, it is not clear as to why the project stalled despite funds being set aside.

Nairobi County Finance and Economic Planning Executive Allan Igambi, confirmed that a section of the project had been budgeted in the last financial year but failed to kick off.

 “The two projects that had been awarded including the rehabilitation of offices and corridors, and rehabilitation of washroom but works had not started by June 30, 2020. However, these projects will now roll over to 2020/21 financial year,” noted Mr. Igambi.

In this move to refurbish city hall Sh40 million has been set aside for re-roofing Sh15 million will be used for repainting offices this is according to a report by CADP.

An additional Sh 30 million will be used to revamp county offices, Sh 10 million will go towards the renovation of the washrooms and Sh 20 million will be used to create a modern reception at the county headquarters.

City Hall Lifts

According to Business Daily, lifts at the building have been facing glitches forcing county employees and visitors to seek alternative means to access other floors on the building. It is also alleged that the building faces frequent blackouts making it hard to use the lifts.

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City hall in the recent past had been converted to a battleground between two camps that supported former Speaker Beatrice Elachi and those who opposed her. The change of leadership at City hall seems to come with renovations. The building hosts several offices including the County Speakers office, County assembly offices among others.

This comes at a time when The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) ordered all buildings in the county to be repainted. Embattled Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko had issued similar directives to building owners before the department of Public Works and Urban Planning services was transferred to NMS.

NMS Director General Maj. Gen. Mohammed Badi, in July gave a 60 days ultimatum to all building owners in the city to repaint their building. Badi warned of dire consequences to those who will not heed to his call.

“Upon expiry of this notice, those not compliant shall be liable to prosecution under relevant sections of the Public Health Act,” he said.


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