KISUMU, Kenya, Sep 24 – The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) is set to occupy space at the Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA) Mall in Kisumu as it relocates from Swan Centre that faces demolition.
LBDA Chairperson Odoyo Owidi on Tuesday said the authority had signed contracts with KRA ahead of their relocation to the building that is at centre of a graft probe after the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) established the cost of its construction was inflated from Sh2.5 billion to Sh4.1 billion.
KRA’s Western Region base will now be stationed at the mall.
Owidi said the mall that has stagnated in operations due to the ongoing corruption case is now picking up after EACC in and arraigned in court suspects over the misappropriation of funds.
He said five other tenants will also move in after the completion of paperwork by end of last week.
Owidi said the mall is ready for other occupants and the authority will soon launch an awareness campaign to have more tenants move in.
“We have lined up a series of activities that includes Churchill Live comedy show to showcase from the mall next month,” he said.
He said work is ongoing at the mall with tenants who have already taken up space setting up offices.
“If you walk into the mall today, you will be surprised by the beehive activities. The court case gave hope to the investors,” Owidi said.
A hotel that has taken up space at the development is also set to open its door to clients.
A supermarket will take up anchor tenancy according to LBDA.