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Kakamega State Lodge dais repairs to cost Sh34m

President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) and his deputy William Ruto. FILE PHOTO | NMG
President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) and his deputy William Ruto. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Taxpayers will fork out Sh34.4 million to rehabilitate a dais at the Kakamega State Lodge, a residence that is rarely used by the Head of State.

Budget estimates for the year starting July show the rehabilitation of the dais will gobble cash that is enough to construct several classrooms.

Residents of Kakamega have previously questioned the rationale of running the State Lodge, arguing that President Uhuru Kenya and his predecessor Mwai Kibaki rarely used the facility.

Mr Kenyatta first spent a night at the Kakamega State Lodge in July 2014, over a year after taking office and nearly seven years after Mr Kibaki was hosted at the facility.

The Treasury has allocated Sh305 million in the year starting July for general maintenance works and refurbishment of buildings at State Houses in Nairobi, Mombasa and Nakuru as well as State lodges in Sagana, Kisumu and Kakamega.

Sagana State Lodge, a favourite getaway for Mr Kenyatta, has been allocated Sh42 million while general maintenance works at Nairobi State House will cost taxpayers Sh98.5 million.

Taxpayers will also shoulder Sh29.6 million for refurbishing buildings at Mombasa State House, Sh64.4 million on the renovation of buildings at State House Nakuru and Sh36 million on rehabilitation works at Kisumu State Lodge.

Mr Kenyatta last month skipped the 5th Devolution Conference in Kakamega citing bad weather, opting to instead address delegates via video link from State House Nairobi.

Other than works at the official residences of the Head of State, taxpayers will foot a Sh89.6 million bill for general works at the office of Deputy President William Ruto.

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