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Have I been living on a tree for me to demand for a house? Elachi fires at critics over Speaker's posh home

The former nominated senator said that if it was up to her, she would have even rejected the house.

Ms. Elachi who is set to move into the residence before the end of June in line with regulations set by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) which say that county bosses from the 47 counties will no longer get house allowances was furious at critiques for stating that she had demanded for a house from the county assembly with her personal preferences.

“This posh girl has lived in Lavington to over 25 years in a bigger house than the one being bought by the county. Have I been living on a tree for me to demand for a house?” posed Ms Elachi.

The former nominated senator stated that posh residence is for the holder of the office and not personal property.

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She added that she does not need tax payers’ money to get her a house and that if it was up to her, she would have rejected the house.

“Nairobians are suffering a lot and the notion that the Speaker is buying a house is just in bad taste.

I have a big house with a swimming pool and my agenda is not just a big house,” said Ms Elachi.

She further added that the specifications of the house are not hers but also from the board which was implementing what former Speaker Alex ole Magelo’s board had initiated.

According to the tender documents, the house should have five bedrooms and at least three ensuites with balconies and terraces.

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It should come with a swimming pool, bore hole (or access to it), backup generator, lawns and flower beds, serviced with street lighting, a perimeter wall with electric fencing and no empty plots adjacent to the property.

Out-door requirements includes a private gate, paved driveway, can hold at least five parking slots, superior fittings, guard’s house and two workers’ quarters.

Finally it should be located in an environment within the designated UN blue zone, at least 200 metres from the main road and not fronting any main road, with a service road at least six metres wide.

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