Kenya govt plans 300,000 houses

12 January 2015

The government of Kenya through the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development is planning to put up 300,000 houses for civil servants by 2017. The social housing project will see the country alleviate housing needs by civil servants, some of whom – like the police –reportedly live in deplorable conditions.

The government will start construction of 10,000 units this year according to the director of housing in the ministry, Patrick Bucha.

The government will collaborate with private investors in order to finance the construction, development and maintenance of the housing units. The project will entail construction of modern, spacious, high-rise buildings.

Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu said: “The urgency to begin the construction of these houses cannot be gainsaid.”

Bucha commented: “It makes more sense, in the urban renewal sense, to develop the estates to accommodate more units.”

A Nairobi architect has, however, said that the project could become a pipe dream, unless the government implements Western technologies and use of prefabs.

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