Deputy President William Ruto’s official house will cost taxpayers an extra 100 million shillings for renovations.The residence comprises a main house with a master bedroom, three other bedrooms and two guest wings. Apart from the main house, the residence has a state-of-the-art office block, gazebo, gym, garage, generator house, swimming pool and comptroller’s unit.
According to The Star, the house might not be completely ready by the time the current government’s term is over. The formica that had been fitted in the lounge is said to be peeling off, the tiles in the veranda having been growing mould and the lounge’s air conditioning system is yet to be installed. Other works to be done include changes in the sitting room, bedrooms and offices, replacement of flush doors with mahogany ones, repairs on the perimeter wall around the 12-acre property, installation of CCTV cameras around the compound and the erection of electric fences.
A maisonette that was to be the caretakers house is going to be reconstructed to be the office of the Deputy President’s wife.
The original construction tender was first awarded to Dimken Kenya totalling to a sum of 190 million shillings and the project was supposed to be completed by February 2007. However the contract was terminated due to poor performance and was later awarded to Italbuild Imports for a contract sum of 383 million shillings.
The mansion was first completed on September 2012 and was ready for occupation. The then President Mwai Kibaki officially opened the house on November 2012 despite concerns from engineers that some parts of the house were wearing off. The tender for renovations were advertised in June last year. It is not clear which company won.The total renovations will cost approximately 100 million shillings.
Check out the photos of the Deputy President’s house below.