Kenya's president is looking for a new office in one of Nairobi's most exclusive neighbourhoods

State House Comptroller Kinuthia Mbugua on Tuesday put out an advertisement for 6,000 to 8,000 square feet office.

His office  is looking for  space in Nairobi's expensive Upper Hill enclave to rent despite having an office at Harambee House in the central business district and Statehouse.

State House Comptroller Kinuthia Mbugua on Tuesday put out an advertisement for 6,000 to 8,000 square feet office space along three roads in Upper Hill.

“The office should be within a radius of not more than 2.5 kilometres from the Nairobi Central Business District and preferably along 4th Ngong Avenue, 5th Ngong Avenue and Ralph Bunche Road,” Mr Mbugua wrote.

In his first term, the President worked exclusively from State House, only occasionally going to his other office, Harambee House.

Industry players say very few buildings in the proposed area have such huge space, which is the equivalent of about a fifth of a football field.

President Uhuru's latest need might not go down too well with the general public who after an extravagant 2017 for the presidency.

The office spent Sh1.73 billion ($16m) on hospitality in the 2016/17 fiscal year compared to 1.41 billion ($13m) during in 2015/16 fiscal year.

The President's new office space would cost taxpayers to dole out an average of Sh14 million ($140,000) annually, if the rent is charged at an average of Sh150 per square feet not counting other fees, including service charge, furniture and fittings which would push the costs even higher.

According to the 2018 draft budget, the President's office had requested Sh2 billion ($20,000,000) extra under capital expenses of the Cabinet.

Cabinet Affairs, which cost Sh2.3 billion ($23,000,000) will balloon to Sh4.5 billion ($45,000,000) 2018 and Sh5 billion ($50,000,000)in 2019.

Upper Hill is currently undergoing a building boom with Africa's tallest luxury apartment building and Africa's tallest building, The Pinnacle all under construction in the enclave.


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