Plans are underway to convert the official residence of the former Coast provincial commissioner into the Deputy President’s official residence.

According to a newspaper advertisement, the Government is calling on contractors to pick tenders to carry out conversion works on the building.

The house, which is currently unoccupied, lies next to State House, Mombasa. It was last occupied by former Coast PC and regional coordinator Samuel Kilele.

Contractors are required to collect tender documents from Harambee House in person or against a written application.

“There shall be a pre-tender site visit on September 14, 2017, at 11 am. Tenders in plain sealed envelopes should be addressed to: Principal Administrative Secretary, Office of the Deputy President PO Box 74434-00200, Nairobi, not later than September 26, 2017, at 10 am,” states the advertisement appearing in the latest MyGov publication.

It remains to be seen whether the current Deputy President, William Ruto, will get a chance to occupy the new residence.

It is also too early to know how much of the taxpayer’s money will be used to revamp the house.

The DP’s official residence in Karen, Nairobi, was put up at a cost of Sh400 million.