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Details Emerge on Why President William Ruto Will Vacate State House for Two Months

by Paul Nyongesa
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President William Ruto will not stay at Nairobi State House for the next two months due to renovations on the century-old colonial-era building. It is reported that architects have warned that the 117-year-old State House might be at risk of collapsing.

The President, who receives numerous foreign guests, reportedly suggested renovations instead of constructing a new State House, which would cost taxpayers over Sh2 billion. However, the dynamics of State House have changed with the introduction of a new presidential stage capable of accommodating crowds of 1,000 to 1,500 people.

The Head of State pushed for the construction of this stage to reduce the costs of hiring tents and the regular maintenance of the gardens during State House events. According to the additional budget for the 2023/2024 financial year, Sh700 million was allocated for the construction of this stage.

The State House budget doubled from Sh4.37 billion to Sh8.85 billion in the first year of President Ruto, compared to the last budget of Former President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Since the beginning of the new year, the President has been out of Nairobi, launching development projects in Nyandarua, Nakuru, and Uasin Gishu counties. On Tuesday, January 8, 2024, the National Leader received the results of the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams at the small Eldoret State House during an official visit to Uasin Gishu County.

Additionally, he met with some Jubilee party leaders at the small Nakuru State House on Thursday, January 11, 2024.

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