City Hall will renovate the newly acquired Governor’s residence in Lavington, Governor Mike Sonko has said.
The posh house was the Nairobi mayor’s official residence but it will now be the governor’s official residence. The house has been at the centre of controversy since 2003, when a former minister in the President Moi regime claimed ownership of it.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission on Tuesday allowed the governor to take over its ownership.
“Today, I have taken possession of the Governor’s official residence in Lavington, Nairobi. The residence was returned to the Nairobi County Government by the EACC following its recovery after it had been grabbed. In short hapa ndipo all elected Nairobi Governors should sleep,” Sonko said.
Sonko said he will give the residence a facelift so that future governors or bosses of the City will have somewhere to operate from.
“A governor should have a good residential place and we have a chance to improve on this one,” Sonko said.
Sonko said the repossession of the property is evidence of how land grabbing is extreme in the city. “These are the things that l keep saying and this is another big win in our efforts to safeguard our land and property. This is public property,” he said.
The palatial mansion is located along Joseph Gathanju Road, Nairobi.
County executive member for lands, urban planning and housing Charles Kerich said his officers are on the ground and a lot needs to be done, especially renovations.
“This is a big plus to us and Nairobians. I have directed my officers to immediately start renovations,” Kerich said.
Former Nairobi mayor Joe Aketch said this is a positive attribute to founders like him.
He added that EACC should also repossess some grabbed lands which governor Sonko has filed at the offices.
“This is great. EACC should now move with speed and repossess other pieces of land which Governor Sonko has been fighting for a long time,” he said.
The governor is also set to meet sub-county heads to discuss matters projects and launching of facilities like fire stations and markets.
The governor was accompanied by county chief of staff Brian Mugo, urban planning officials and other members.