The Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) is offering Kenyans cash reward through a naming competition in a bid to get the most appropriate name for its new building currently called 'Parliament Tower'.
The construction of the 26-storey building commenced in March 2014 as PSC sought to provide offices for members of the National Assembly and the Senate.
China Jiangxi Construction Company is expected to hand over Parliament Tower to PSC sometime in July after completing the construction.
The construction was delayed by some legal disputes, the building was to be completed in 2017 but it's only being handed over to PSC in 2022.
Parliament Tower is set on a one-acre plot between Continental House and County Hall, next to Parliament buildings. It has a tunnel connecting to the current Parliament buildings.
Parliament Tower naming competition
PSC is seeking to name its new office block in a public participation exercise as required by the Constitution.
The commission is offering a Ksh100,000 cash reward to anyone who will come up with a substantive name for Parliament Tower.
Below are the specifications the commission has set for the naming exercise.
1. The building cannot be named after an active person. A person must be in full emeritus status (or deceased).
2. The name must be catchy, reflect constitutional values, the Parliamentary Service Commission's stature and its legislative role.
3. If the name of a person is selected as the winning building name, the name/person will need to go through a due diligence process and seek legal approval for permission to use prior to commission approval.
4. The name should not be under copyright, trademark, or other legal restriction.
5. Any submissions deemed as vulgar, unprofessional, disingenuous, or otherwise maliciously motivated will be disqualified in Phase I before they are shared for Phase II.
6. All intellectual property rights to the name shall vest in the Parliamentary Service Commission once the competition is over and the winner is identified and awarded.
To enter the competition, interested Kenyans have been asked to download the submission forms at the parliament’s website and submit the duly-filled copy at Parliament’s tender box by June 20, 2022. One can alternatively submit it via email to Parliament’s procurement office.