Governor Waiguru orders contractor to complete staff offices

A contractor has been given a week to install basic amenities at the new Kirinyaga County headquarters so the new governor can settle in.

Governor Anne Waiguru said although she could operate from the incomplete facility, some basic services like water and electricity must be installed.

Jimro Construction Company was awarded the tender to put up the building in 2013.

The initial cost of putting up the six-storey building was put at Sh380 million but the figure later rose to Sh480 million after the contractor complained about the high cost of certain materials.

When Ms Waiguru visited the building, situated within Kutus town, last week, she was informed that it had no water or electricity.

In addition, concrete blocks had not been fitted at the entrance or the office block compound as stipulated in the tender documents.

“I am giving you a week within which you must put all the finishing touches, including partitioning of the interior, and ensuring that water and electricity are connected,” Waiguru told the contractor.

All the county government staff have already moved from the nearby Anglican Church building where they have been working from since 2013.

The church building was rented out to the county government because there was no space available in the national government offices in Kerugoya town. This is where former governor Joseph Ndathi, his deputy Julius Njiiri and their staff worked from.

Most of the county executives have been station at either Baricho market or Kerugoya town.


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