Governor to Construct Ksh80 Million Mansion as Symbol of Authority

Vihiga Governor Wilber Ottichilo is constructing a Ksh80 million mansion which will serve as the official residence. According to People Daily, the governor insisted that he will continue with the construction plans despite opposition from leaders including the Senator, George Khaniri. "The Governor's residence which will cost Ksh80 million will act as a symbol of authority," Governor Ottichilo stated. Vihiga Governor Wilber Ottichilo Senator Khaniri opposed the project by the County boss indicating that it should not be a priority at the moment. Speaking during the launch of 2018/2022 County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP), Ottichilo indicated that the plans of building the house were already at an advanced stage and those opposed to it should keep off. The Senate, in July 2018, ordered Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo not to authorise any funds for constructing houses for governors and speakers. The order also froze the "exorbitant" allocations for construction of the residences of deputy governors and county assembly offices in the 2018-19 budgets. However, the governors protested the move by the Senate to cap cost of their official residences at Ksh45 million, saying the House had no power to budget for counties. The Senate had proposed the cap after some counties proposed to spend between Ksh100 million to Ksh300 million on constructing official residences of the governors. Vihiga Governor Wilber Ottichilo welcoming a visitor to his office

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