Economy

MPs to miss out on new Sh5.8bn office block as completion delays

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Summary

  • The current MPs will not enjoy the trappings of the 28-storey office block after the Parliamentary Service Commission said it would take six months to fit furniture on completion of the building next month.
  • Parliamentary Joint Services (PJS) director-general Clement Nyandiere said the building’s interior fittings have been completed up the 24th floor.

The current MPs will not enjoy the trappings of the 28-storey office block after the Parliamentary Service Commission said it would take six months to fit furniture on completion of the building next month.

Parliamentary Joint Services (PJS) director-general Clement Nyandiere said the building’s interior fittings have been completed up the 24th floor.

“The earliest you can occupy the building is six months from November 30. I have instructions from the PSC to have the building completed for the current House to occupy even if it is for a day,” he said.

Mr Nyandiere told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that the contractor had promised to complete the building by July last year but there had been challenges.

MPs pressured the PJS director-general to ensure the building is completed before their term ends on August 9, 2022.

“We are surprised that building that was under construction when we came into office in 2017 is yet to be completed. Can’t you fast-track it to ensure that we even occupy the new offices for a day before we exit?” said Funyula MP Oundo Ojiambo.

The Parliament has been on a multi-billion shillings spending spree to purchase buildings, the provision of physical facilities and other infrastructure developments.

Parliament entered into a Sh5.8-billion contract to build a multi-storey office block to house the expanded 416 member bi-cameral Parliament in 2012.

The office block located between MPs’ Continental House Building and County Hall stands on a one-acre plot.

The office is expected to accommodate MPs who have no offices and an expanded number of employees.

The PSC currently spends millions of shillings to hire offices for MPs and Senators who did not secure space at the Parliament Buildings.

Each MP without an office within Parliament is given Sh50,000 monthly to rent offices within the central business district in Nairobi.

The MPs’ employer is also accommodating the majority of MPs and Senators at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.