Counties fight deadline for official residences
The Senate has protested a directive by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) requiring counties to finalise construction of official residences for Governors and Speakers by June 30, 2019.
The SRC had, through a Gazette notice, given the devolved units up to the end of the first half of 2019 to build the houses. Senate's Finance and Budget Committee wants the SRC to rescind the directive, arguing that the time frame is inadequate.
“The county governments have only one fiscal year to initiate and complete the residential projects,” the report, tabled by chairman Mohamed Mahamud in the House last week, states.
The Committee has also placed a ceiling on the cost of construction for the houses for governors, deputy governors and Speakers, which should sit on the size of land which is not more than two acres and not below a quarter of an acre.
The Committee is proposing that the cost of putting up a governor's residence should not exceed Sh45 million while that of both the deputy governor and speaker should not exceed Sh35 million.
The committee notes that, for counties which were previously county or municipal councils, the county ought to have taken over the facilities of the former municipal and county councils to ensure they did not suffer from inadequate chambers and officers.
But the committee has directed the