Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua now has his very own ‘White House’, after the completion of the county government’s offices that are said to have cost Ksh.350 million.
The premises, which were open to the public on Wednesday as Dr. Mutua hosted the Council of Governors, are a sight to behold and the first thing that comes to mind is State House Nairobi.
But President Uhuru Kenyatta’s official residence was not even the inspiration for the Machakos monstrosity which our source intimates was modelled on the American White House and took “just” nine months to complete.
“It has a West Wing and an East Wing,” said our reliable source. “The West Wing will house the Governor, his Chief of Staff and executive meeting lounges where Dr. Mutua will meet top guests and dignitaries.”
As for the East Wing, this will house the office of the First Lady, the governor’s advisors and other support staff.
“The East Room has an in-house conference facility that can hold up to 200 people and here he will have a chance to hold county meetings, meet MCAs and other guests. The office also has banquet rooms where he can entertain his high profile guests,” said our source who requested anonymity.
It was not immediately clear how many rooms are in the Machakos White House.
“I will tell you this, if President Uhuru Kenyatta ever decides he wants to work from Machakos County, there is an office that befits his stature. This is for posterity and not for the Governor who has less than three years to go,” said our source.
“State House was built during colonial era and so are many other government structures both locally and abroad so that is what the Governor was thinking when he decided to build the county offices.”
When you look at the cost, you realise that for a structure of this magnitude to cost Ksh.350 million is a bargain because this same building would have cost close to Ksh.3 billion if it was a national government project.”
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