Government takes drastic action on Uhuru's controversial ‘substandard’ house gifted to Nakuru family

Choices have consequences: Government makes new decision

Ms Damaris Wambui Kamau, the mother of Dennis Ngaruiya, outside the house gifted to the family by President Uhuru Kenyatta but which she rejected saying it is substandard

A new decision has been made on the house constructed on the orders of President Uhuru Kenyatta to appreciate Dennis Ngaruiya who thrilled President Uhuru Kenyatta with his poem “Our Father” but which was rejected by his mother Ms Damaris Wambui Kamau terming it substandard and old.

Nakuru North Deputy County Commissioner Mutua Kisilu told the Standard that the two bedroom house would be handed over to another needy family that would appreciate it.

“We are set to hand over the house to another family after the family which had been gifted turned down the offer terming it as substandard. Plans to have the new family move in are already underway,” Kisilu confirmed.

Kisilu confirmed that following the drama witnessed in recent days in which Ms Wambui rejected the house, they had received a directive to give it to a more needy family that would appreciate the gift and a family had been selected from a pool of three.

“We were instructed to profile three families from which one would be picked as the new owners. The lucky family is one of a man who has been living with his three disabled children at a local church,” Kisilu confirmed.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ‘substandard’ gift rejected

A visibly angry Ms Kamau made headlines after she rejected the house, maintaining that the house that was presented to her is in a deplorable state and is clearly not what the President had in mind when he ordered a State House official, a Mr Wanjohi to ensure the family had a decent home.

“This is a big joke. Look at this house. It has cracks on the outside and looks like a semi-permanent house while President Kenyatta in his wisdom meant well for us as a family,” Kamau said.

She maintained that unscrupulous officials gave her a raw deal by presenting an old house that had previously been occupied and not a new one as ordered by the head of state.

“When they bought this plot they did not involve me. They bought it and called me to occupy the house but I rejected it.” Kamau added. 

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