Kilifi: County official stops construction of 34 business stalls along school perimeter wall
Kilifi North Deputy County Commissioner Geoffrey Tanui has stopped the ongoing construction of business stalls along the Kibaoni primary school perimeter wall following an uproar from parents of the school.
Tanui urged all the stakeholders including the Ministry of Education, investors, school committee and politicians to meet and agree on the way forward warning that anyone found disrupting learning in the school will be arrested.
A section of parents were up in arms with the construction by Home Sweet Home Company Ltd, accusing the school of putting their children in harm’s way and for not being transparent about the construction process.
“There is a school wall that has already been demolished for this new construction to take place…another wall has been built next to the classroom windows. How are our children supposed to even get fresh air?” Charles Baya, a parent to a class eight pupil at the school lamented.
Baya has cried foul on the dealings of the contract saying that the school administration and the construction company have been unable to provide the signed agreement for the project.
Parents reportedly learnt about the intention to construct stalls for the generation of income during an end-of-year parent’s meeting in October 2022 but no further consultations were made on the matter.
The school’s head teacher, Charles Gona said that according to the agreement, the investor was to construct 34 business stalls and would operate for 30 years. The tenants would pay KES 5000 monthly rent, and the school would get KES 1000 from the rent.
The stalls are on the road reserve along the Kibaoni-Prison road within Kilifi Township on the two faces of the perimeter wall which are estimated to cost the investor KES 25 Million upon completion.