In Summary
  • The house, the purchase of which has sparked criticism from county leaders, has all the modern features––five bedrooms, a large swimming pool, a conference room, a modern kitchen and a tastefully furnished office where the governor can hold meetings
  • Dr Baya said everything, from the tendering procedure to the valuation and its purchase, was “ above board, in good faith and in the interest of Kilifi people.”
  • A former chairman of the defunct Kilifi County Council Anthony Kingi , said it does not matter if the correct procedure was followed. He said the economic status of Kilifi people should have mattered

When Ecstatic Wind Properties won the tender to sell a house to the Kilifi County governor at Sh140 million, it ended the long search for a residence befitting the status of the county CEO.

The company had outbid six bidders.

The closest competitor, Castle House, was selling their property for Sh189 million.

After valuation, the county government paid the Sh140 million for the beachfront house near the Kilifi Old Ferry.

The house, the purchase of which has sparked criticism from county leaders, has all the modern features––five bedrooms, a large swimming pool, a conference room, a modern kitchen and a tastefully furnished office where the governor can hold meetings.

There is also a three-bedroom servant quarters. The compound has a tunnel leading to the ocean, meaning visitors can arrive by boat on the Indian Ocean, anchor their vessel and use the tunnel to access Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi’s residence.

Set on a three-acre plot, it is about 100 metres from the shore; the tunnel begins at a hole inside the compound that leads to a jetty.

Documents seen by the Sunday Nation indicate that the government valuer had put the cost of the house at Sh145 million.

DUE PROCESS FOLLOWED

When news of the purchase was leaked through social media, Kilifi County Secretary Dr Owen Baya called a press conference to address concerns over the purchase.

Dr Baya said everything, from the tendering procedure to the valuation and its purchase, was “ above board, in good faith and in the interest of Kilifi people.”

“We advertised the tender for the requirements of the house befitting the governor’s status. After the tender was advertised in the local dailies, seven property holders made bids... At the conclusion of the process, Ecstatic Wind Properties was accepted and the house purchased,” he said.
“Proper procedures and processes were followed. Out of the seven properties that were tendered, only three bidders were selected by the tendering board.”

“A team comprising the government valuer and the county assembly committee on public accounts and investment inspected the three houses and the house near the Old Kilifi Ferry was chosen because it met the requirements as advertised.”

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