The Star (Nairobi)

7 January 2014

Kenya: Taveta Assembly Hall to Get Facelift

Mwatate CDF hall where the Taita Taveta County assembly is being relocated to. The current one at Wundanyi is small Photo/Raphael Mwadime

Works officers and the Taita Taveta Assembly Speaker will on Wednesday visit the Mwatate CDF Hall. The group will take a bill of quantity for the renovation of the building into the new county assembly.

The assembly relocated from Wundanyi to Mwatate due to little space. Speaking on the phone yeaterday, Speaker Meshak Maghanga said the group will assess the amount of renovation.

"For now I cannot put a figure on how much will be spent to reconstruct the building to a new County assembly. On Wednesday we shall be in Mwatate with our works officer and other technical experts to take the Bill of Quantities to know how much we shall spend in the works," he said.

The assembly members had passed a resolution on November 28 that the County assembly should relocate to the Mwatate CDF Hall which has a bigger space.

Maghanga said that the current County assembly chambers at the defunct Taita Taveta County Council headquarters at Wundanyi is congested and does not have enough space.

"The members passed a resolution that within three months from November 28, the County assembly should relocate to Mwatate CDF Hall because it has adequate space," he said. Maghanga said that renovation works will start soon at the Mwatate CDF hall to ensure it is complete by the end of February.

"Our current assembly does not have enough space for the public gallery and the media center. Our 35 assembly members are also congested due to the little space," he said. He said that since Mwatate was the proposed County headquarters, it was convenient for its centrality within the County.

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