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Governors risk being thrown out of offices over rent arrears

Governors owe millions in rents

Delta House located on Westlands

Details have emerged indicating that twenty-six governors risk being kicked out of their offices over rent arrears.

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Governors might be kicked out of their Delta Towers offices which are managed by Knight Frank if the Council of Governors (CoG) fails clear Ksh44,763,088 in arrears.

A letter by the firm which manages the property located in Westlands stated: “In the event that the outstanding debt is not paid in full by the aforementioned date, we have instructions from the landlord to withhold services."

The notice further read: "...in addition to taking other legal measures provided in the lease to recover the same.”

Millions in rent arrears

Counties with governors who came into office in 2017 have bigger debts compared to those with second-term governors.

The county with the largest debt is Kitui, which owes Ksh4,743,787 from July 2017 to June this year.

Taita Taveta owes Ksh3,568,893, Nyamira has a debt of Ksh3,567,683 while Tharaka Nithi owes Ksh184,879.

Among the 27 counties that have offices at Delta House, only Kirinyaga has no rent arrears.

Another letter

In another letter dated June 7, CoG Chief Executive Officer Jacqueline Mogeni wrote to the governors requesting them to urgently pay the rent arrears, some of which date back to July 2017.

The purpose of this letter is to bring to your attention the aforementioned demand from Knight Frank (landlord) and request that you urgently clear your outstanding arrears to avoid embarrassment to the council,” part of the letter read.

Baringo, Bomet, Bungoma, Isiolo, Kericho, Kisii, Kisumu, Kitui, Lamu, Mandera, Marsabit, Meru, Migori, Mombasa, Nakuru, Narok, Nyamira, Nyeri, Samburu, Siaya, Taita Taveta, Tana River, Tharaka Nithi, Turkana, Vihiga, Wajir and Kirinyaga are counties which offices are located at Delta House.

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