House Tenders for Chief Justice of Kenya Sought

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga might soon rest his head in a palatial house, should the Judiciary have its way.

It has invited tenders from interested parties for the purchase of a fully-furnished mansion that will be the CJ’s official residence.

The tenders must be received by the end of this month and thereafter be opened at the Supreme Court.

The government recently completed the construction of the Sh400 million Vice-President’s residence, which now awaits occupation.

According to the specifications, the palatial mansion must have a minimum of five all-ensuite bedrooms, a car park capable of holding more than 20 cars and an open verandah that can accommodate at least 100 guests.

The tenderers must also provide a house that has a detached servants’ quarter, a lobby, parlour, meeting room, bar counter, dining room, cloakroom, kitchen, laundry room, study-cum-TV room, computer room and a swimming pool.

The common areas, in particular the parlour and family room, must have a fireplace.

“Properties that have bedrooms and common rooms that open towards a balcony will have an added advantage,” reads some of the specifications posted on the Judiciary’s website.

The common and private rooms are also required to be fully-furnished with items that are elegantly designed and of high quality.

The Judiciary says the premises must be located in a “serene and secure location”, with a “well-developed basic infrastructure”, in good condition and ready for occupation.

It must offer easy access to other services and amenities such as catering establishments, shopping malls, health clubs and gymnasiums.

The property should not be in a “post-construction state or requiring major reconstruction or renovation”.

It must stand on land on whose acreage is approximately 0.75-1.50 acres.

The proposed residence should be located approximately eight to 12 kilometres from the Supreme Court Building.

It must be properly registered, complied with all laws, regulations and by-laws of the City Council and industry standards relating to the proper construction and maintenance of residential premises.

“All land rates and other service charges must not be in arrears and the prospective tenderer will be required to provide evidence of the same by attaching copies of utility bills for the last three months,” according to the specifications.

The Judiciary posting adds: “For the land rates, copies proof of payment for the last three years must be attached.”

The facilities, says the Judiciary, must offer well-lit, spacious living and entertainment areas, with exquisite fittings. Reliable supply of hot and cold water, including sufficient water reserve with solar water heating systems is a must.

The Judiciary also requires that the property be serviced by a reliable power supply from the national grid and stand-by auxiliary power (generators).

It says the workmanship of the mansion must be of exceptional quality, with highly personalised design and construction.

Its grounds must be well-maintained, with trimmed hedges and grass as well as paved driveways.

The floors should be finished either with wood, marble or ceramic tiles.

“A blend of the three types of floors in an urbane design within the property will be an added advantage. To provide adequate lighting within the building, glass doors, preferably sliding and double glazed (or equivalent) with a width of approximately 28mm are preferred,” reads the specifications.

Additional fittings
“The washrooms must have a minimum of the following fittings; water closets, shower areas, bath tubs, bidet. Any additional fittings will be an added advantage for the prospective tenderer.”

The title should either be freehold or leasehold, with remaining lease period of at least 55 years. The Judiciary asks the tenderers to observe the highest standard of ethics during the procurement process and execution of contracts.

“A tenderer shall sign a declaration that he has not and will not be involved in corrupt or fraudulent practices,” the Judiciary warns, saying it will reject any proposal for award if it emerges that the tenderer recommended for award has engaged in corrupt or fraudulent practices in competing for the contract.

The parting shot: “A tenderer who is found to have indulged in corrupt or fraudulent practices risks being debarred from participating in Public Procurement in Kenya.”




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