Corporates Kenya

𝐁𝐔𝐃𝐆𝐄𝐓 𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐌𝐈𝐓𝐓𝐄𝐄 𝐕𝐈𝐒𝐈𝐓𝐒 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐏𝐑𝐎𝐏𝐎𝐒𝐄𝐃 𝐒𝐈𝐓𝐄 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐎𝐅𝐅𝐈𝐂𝐄 𝐎𝐅 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐀𝐔𝐃𝐈𝐓𝐎𝐑 𝐆𝐄𝐍𝐄𝐑𝐀𝐋 𝐈𝐍 𝐌𝐎𝐌𝐁𝐀𝐒𝐀

The House Committee on Budget & Appropriations led by the Vice-Chairperson Hon. Mary Emaase (Teso South) has today inspected the designated site for the construction of the Mombasa Regional for Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) as part of their oversight role.

During the inspection tour, the budget committee was concerned with the status of the project and the ability to absorb the funding allocated during Financial Year 2023/24.

The Deputy Auditor- General, CPA Edwin Kamar, who represented the AG during the meeting took the Committee through the roadmap for actualizing the proposed Regional office construction.

Mr. Kamar pointed out that the sub-division of land and issuance of title deeds was a challenge that they had experienced delaying the implementation of activities.

He told the committee that the designs and development of bill of quantities process had been completed and the ground breaking is expected to start during the 3rd quarter of this FY 2023/24 after going through a competitive tendering process.

He indicated that the Office was looking forward to the completion of the project within 2 to 3 financial years subject to availability of funds.

Citing budget constraints, the Deputy AG told the members of Budget Committee that other projects were put aside for instance construction of the Nairobi head office so as to concentrate on the Mombasa Regional office.

The proposed Coastal regional office is a six (6) floor building and will serve Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Lamu, Tana River and Taita Taveta Counties.

The Deputy AG assured the legislators that the office will realize value for money and that any extra space would be rented out to generate revenue to supplement the maintenance budget of the building.

In her remarks, Hon. Emaase appreciated the work done by the Office and urged the Auditor General to focus on fewer projects to completion at a time.

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