Finally ready for occupancy are the new parliament towers, which cost billions of shillings to build.
The 28-story skyscraper, whose construction cost taxpayers about Ksh. 8 billion, will be occupied by lawmakers starting the following week.
The 331 offices that are available in the building will be used by 280 National Assembly members, according to a communication from Speaker Moses Wetangula.
Wetangula said, “Unfortunately, about 63 members of this house will not be accommodated in the new office block. In order to ensure that members occupy the offices as soon as they are handed over, I have directed the clerk to prepare the schedule of allocation of the 280 offices being equitable share of the apportioned to the National Assembly.
Priority will be given to the House leadership, starting with the Deputy Whips, committee chairs and vice chairs, members of the speaker’s panel, and those serving more than one term, according to Wetangula’s communication.
Wetangula stated, “The election of the committee chairs and vice chairs will be completed by Friday, November 4, and I have asked the clerk to carry out the allocation next week beginning on Monday, November 7, 2022.”
The speaker has ordered a balloting to take place on November 9th to determine which offices would be filled by first-term members.
Wetangula has reassured members who won’t receive office space that they will still have access to other existing parliamentary buildings.
331 office buildings, 26 committee rooms, and a parking space make up the complex.
The building has been under construction for the past ten years, and various extensions have been made to the completion date.