Coun­ties fight dead­line for of­fi­cial res­i­dences

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - SUNDAY REVIEW - BY IBRAHIM ORUKO

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

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