Machakos governor Alfred Mutua has stunned friend and foe by building a governor’s office that makes State House look like a shack. The Sh350 million building christened White House has West wing and an East wing, a penthouse, helicopter pad, sauna, gymnasium and swimming pool. The West wing houses the governor, his chiefof-staff and the executive meeting lounges where Mutua will be meeting guests and dignitaries. It has bullet proof windows and doors just like the office of the First Lady. The East wing houses the office of the First Lady, the governor’s advisers and other support staff. The multi-million office building is modelled around the United States White House and, according to Mutua, will serve many generations after him and also change the narrative for Machakos county. Indeed Mutua will be in the complex for 18 months only as he will be finishing his two terms in 2022. The county government coughed Sh204 million for the construction of the building with the rest coming from factory owners in Machakos mainly Indians and Chinese who were forced to supply cement, steel and roofing among other construction materials and wares.
The industrialists as a result mistreat workers saying that they have the govenor in their pockets and whoever complains can go to hell. Mutua’s own White House, was the venue of the council of governors meeting when Mutua hosted Kakamega’s Wycliffe Oparanya and his team. Already, Mutua and his entourage have occupied the imposing building with physical characteristics rivalling those of White House including size and colour. The new office is spacious and it gives the county boss the convenience to house all the county staff members under one building. It is in a storey building spotting a white colour on its exterior with pillars in a manner that White House is designed. The block houses the governor’s office, conference and meeting rooms, a press briefing room as well as various staff offices. The entrance leads to a long stretch of well-lit tunnel that in turn leads to the common meeting area which has a wall-to-wall blue carpet. Some governors and dignitaries have paid the county leader courtesy calls. On leaving, some have been heard wondering whether the grandiose complex was necessary in the hungerstricken region.