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The Treasury has rejected a plan to sell the Kenya House, the official ambassador’s residence in New York.
The Ministry of Public Works wanted the Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Ministry to put up the dilapidated building for sale on grounds that its refurbishment is not viable.
The Kenya house was built in the 1970s and sits on a three-acre plot complete with a presidential suite.
The ambassador is forced to stay in rented premises since the official residence is in a deplorable state, Business Daily reports.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry had in 2014/15 invited bids for a comprehensive renovation of the property and only one bid was returned quoting Sh376.5 million ($3 million).
“At that price, the refurbishment of the residence was considered not economically viable,” Korir Sing’oei, the Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary told the Public Accounts Committee.
The Treasury rejected the proposal to sell off the building and recommended it be retained for redevelopment.
“The National Treasury recommended that the property be retained for redevelopment with apartments for the staff or for revenue general, and that funding for the purchase of alternative Ambassador’s residence is sourced during the Sector Working Group process for the preparation of the 2018/19 and subsequent financial year’s budget,” Sing’oei said.
Too expensive to repair and yet they dont want to sell.Maybe they should completely redevelop the property from scratch or just sell it real estate in NY isvery expensive.
Seriously, someone in Kenya wanted to "eat" three acres in NYC? I would like to know where the renovation bids were posted. Was probably an email to a well connected person in Kenya.
There are local zoning laws that have to be followed, it isn’t Kenya where you wake up from a hangover 😵 and put up a shack!!!
Why sell such a property? And in New York. Throwing away valuable property is not acceptable. Thank you for the one who had a great idea in regards to building apartment of renovating it. I am in agreemENT 100%.