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PSC sets aside Sh3.2bn for purchase and refurbishment of MPs offices

The amount, for work within Parliament, is contained in the estimates or recurrent and development expenditure for the MPs employer for the year to June 2019. The development budget includes an allocation of Sh1.8 billion for completion of a multi-storey office block that is next to the MPs’ Continental House offices. The 26- storey building was allocated Sh2 billion in the current financial year and will require a further Sh2 billion to complete in the coming two financial years.The new office block which was initially estimated to cost Sh5 billion when complete stands on a one acre plot.

PSC sets aside Sh3.2bn for purchase and refurbishment of MPs offices

The Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) has set aside Sh3.2 billion for purchase of buildings, provision of physical facilities and other infrastructure developments. The amount, for work within Parliament, is contained in the estimates or recurrent and development expenditure for the MPs employer for the year to June 2019. The development budget includes an allocation of Sh1.8 billion for completion of a multi-storey office block that is next to the MPs’ Continental House offices.The 26- storey building was allocated Sh2 billion in the current financial year and will require a further Sh2 billion to complete in the coming two financial years.The new office block which was initially estimated to cost Sh5 billion when complete stands on a one acre plot.

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The office is expected to accommodate MPs who have no offices and the expanded number of staff.The PSC is currently spending millions of shillings to hire offices for MPs and Senators who did not secure space at Parliament Buildings.Each MP without an office within Parliament is given Sh50,000 monthly to rent offices within Nairobi’s Central Business District.The MPs’ employer has also set aside Sh100 million for refurbishment of the Senate Chamber, which was remodelled less than four years ago. In 2013, the taxpayers forked out Sh700 million to upgrade the Old Chamber to accommodate the 68 senators.The first phase of upgrading the facility will cost the taxpayers Sh420 million. The work included refurbishing of the Old Chamber, building of Senate offices, a restaurant and an underground car park near the late President Jomo Kenyatta’s mausoleum.

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