Details of DP Ruto’s Mombasa new home worth Sh46.5 Million
DP Ruto will also have a new office in Mombasa valued at Sh50 million.
Nation Media’s on Wednesday reported of a plan by the government to convert the former residence of the Coast provincial commissioner into the official home of Mr Ruto.
The building, situated next to Mombasa’s State House, Treasury data tabled in the National Assembly showed, has been allocated Sh39 million for the year starting July, 2018.
Already Sh7.5 million has been spent on the building this year, bringing the total to Sh46.5 million.
Last year in September, the government invited contractors to refurbish the house, which is unoccupied, to fit the Deputy President’s status. The house was previously occupied by former Coast PC and a past Coast Regional Coordinator Samuel Kilele.
Sh50 Million Mombasa Office
The details of how much the project will cost comes on the heels of yet another project in which taxpayers will have to pay Sh50 million to put up an office for the DP in Mombasa.
The National Assembly’s Budget committee in mid-April gave a breakdown of the revised government spending; giving an indication that the amount for the year ended June will cover the initial construction of the office.
The government opted against leasing an office for Mr Ruto in Mombasa for security reasons, prompting plans to build the new block.
In Nairobi, DP Ruto has preferred to reside in his private home instead of the palatial Karen property that sits a 10-acre piece of land.
He uses the Sh400 million Karen residence for official functions, especially when hosting delegations, besides his main office in Nairobi located on Harambee Avenue
The Karen residence will be refurbished at Sh15.6 million and Harambee Avenue at Sh35 million, pushing the Ruto property upgrade costs to Sh89.6 million for the year ending June 2019.
During official working tours to the Coast, Mr Ruto is expected to put up at the new residence as opposed to staying at beach hotels like has been the case in the past, while President Uhuru Kenyatta spends time at State House in Mombasa.
Earlier, Treasury CS Henry Rotich said the annual allocation to county governments will be reduced by Sh18 billion while that of the national government will be cut by Sh60 billion.
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