National Assembly Committee Questions KICC’s Land Ownership
The National Assembly Public Investments Committee on Commercial Affairs & Energy has given the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) management a two-week ultimatum to provide documents proving their ownership of the land. This development comes amidst an ongoing dispute between KICC management and Nairobi City County regarding the ownership of the land that houses a restaurant.
Committee chairperson David Pkosing emphasized that the listed value only covers the KICC building, while the surrounding areas are considered unallocated government land. This directive was issued during an inquiry into audit queries within KICC’s financial records for the 2019/2020 to 2020/2021 fiscal years.
KICC has also faced criticism for failing to honor tenancy agreements, leading to an accumulated debt of Ksh 36 billion. This debt is linked to the occupation of the 18th floor by the private secretary of former President Uhuru Kenyatta from July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2016.
KICC’s acting managing director, Ms. Patricia Ondeng, explained that this matter had been previously discussed with the immediate former committee. The government had never officially acknowledged granting the retired President office space.
Legislators pressed for information regarding the steps taken by KICC management to recover these funds and whether the lease agreement for the 18th floor had been regularized. Pokot South MP David Pkosing questioned, “If indeed this revenue has been lost, what efforts has the Corporation put in place for recovery?”
According to the Office of the Auditor General, the recoverability of this debt is uncertain and seemingly impossible.
MPs have also expressed concerns about the uneven trade balances and outstanding receivables, amounting to Ksh 829 million as of June 2020, as reported by KICC’s management.
KICC, a 32-story building situated in Nairobi’s City Square, serves as a significant address for numerous government offices, including those of recently elected Senators.