A mansion in Gigiri

Speaker Beatrice Elachi will soon be moving into a posh five-bedroom mansion paid for by the county assembly.

The Nairobi City County's second speaker's home will have a swimming pool, lawn, parking space, as well as a private gate.

It will be the first time for a county assembly to purchase a house for its speaker since the advent of devolution.

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission recently scrapped payment of rent for speakers and directed that counties either buy or build houses for their leaders if they have land.

Currently, the speaker is entitled to a Sh135, 000 house allowance.

According to tender documents seen by the Metropolitan, realtors seeking to sell a mansion to the assembly have until today noon to post their bids for consideration.

Diplomats and expatriates

There is, however, a catch given that the property must be in the designated UN blue zones, which are synonymous with diplomats and expatriates as well as people working for international agencies.

They include Karen, Kileleshwa, High Ridge, Kitisuru, Lang'ata, Muthangari, Spring Valley, Muthaiga, Loresho, Lower Kabete, Windsor, and Balozi.

The document posted on the Nairobi County Assembly's website also states that the mansion must be located on at least half an acre, have a perimeter wall with electric fencing, and should not be adjacent to empty plots.

“It should have a swimming pool, private gate, paved driveway, can hold at least five parking slots, superior fittings, guard house, two worker's quarters, a borehole, lawns and flower beds as well as a backup generator,” it states.

A sitting room (reception area) capable of holding 50 persons is also another requirement of the county assembly and five bedrooms with at least three en suite with balconies and terraces.

The notice

According to the notice, the flooring of the house should be wooden or ceramic and it should have kitchen fixtures and fittings.

It should also have a library, study room, and family/television room.