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Governor Fahim Twaha blames predecessor for commissioning “substandard” Shs 220 million Mokowe headquarters

Images of National Construction Authority officials inspecting the 220 million Mokowe headquarters built in 2017 to make recommendations whether it’s safe to occupy. Lamu Governor Fahim Twaha has alluded that his predecessor colluded with the contractor to build a substandard building with faulty electrical wiring prone to electrocute workers if unchecked.

A storm is brewing in Lamu county over governor Fahim Twaha’s government decision to vacate the Mokowe headquarters after the National Construction Authority condemned the building over poor workmanship.

The NCA condemned the building in which the county government is operating citing electrical faults as well as leaking roofs.

The Mokowe headquarters was built during former governor Issa Timamy’s tenure at a cost of Shs 220 million.

The building that was completed in 2017, according to Lamu County Governor Fahim Twaha has been declared unsafe due to faulty electrical wiring.

“This crisis that we are facing is due to corruption resulting into the construction of a substandard building that has also a leaking roof,” Twaha stated.

However a former staffer of the previous administration Mr. Mohammed Mbwana, who also spoke to KNA called on governor Twaha to cease placing blame on Timamy arguing that the building was given a clean bill of health by the county engineer.

“The governor should stop indulging in side shows and instead provide essential services to Lamu residents,” Mbwana stated.

County officials have temporarily re-located their offices to Lamu Island after governor Twaha abandoned the new county headquarters.

By Amenya Ochieng

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