Rent arrears see ministry locked out of Nairobi offices
16 September 2015, 17:06
Nairobi - The ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts' staff are out in the cold after being locked out of their offices in Nairobi due to rent arrears.
The offices at Uchumi House along Aga Khan walk in the Central Business District have been locked out of their offices for a week now due to unpaid rent scaling millions of shillings.
The ministry uses the third and eleventh floors where the Kenya National Library Services which lies under the ministry.
Access to the two floors has been restricted using chains and padlocks.
" We have been locked out for the week and are sitting here aimlessly. We have had no direction from the bosses and are in limbo," an employee that did not want to be named told News24.
The issue has left staff worried about the coming weeks.
A call to the Ministry's Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario went unanswered but an aide in his office stated that the issue was being dealt with.
" This is an issue we are aware of. We are dealing with it and will hopefully have everyone back in their respective offices soon," the officer that wished not to be named told News24.
It is understood that the ministry owes as much as KES 100 million in rent arrears to the landlord.
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