State begins building 15,000 houses in Mukuru slums


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State begins building 15,000 houses in Mukuru slums


Housing PS Charles Hinga. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NMG

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  • The national government will build up to 15,000 affordable houses on land reclaimed from grabbers along Enterprise Road in Nairobi’s industrial zone.
  • The project, which will be known as Mukuru Affordable Housing, is located on 55 acres of land owned by the Kenya Meteorological Department.
  • The package was recovered by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) last year.

The national government will build up to 15,000 affordable houses on land reclaimed from grabbers along Enterprise Road in Nairobi’s industrial zone.

The project, which will be known as Mukuru Affordable Housing, is located on 55 acres of land owned by the Kenya Meteorological Department.

The package was recovered by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) last year.

State Department Housing and Town Planning (PS) Principal Secretary (PS) Charles Hinga said the government had already moved to the site and construction work had started.

The procedure for reclaiming the land for the 5 billion shillings began in 2009.

Environmental and Land Court Judge Elijah Obaga ordered the cancellation of title deeds issued to five companies claiming ownership of public land and the ban on companies entering the property.

The PS said it plans to create between 12,000 and 15,000 housing units at this particular site, targeting area residents as new owners once the project is completed.

He said the first five blocks are currently under construction and the government is working on internal infrastructure, including sewer line, drainage and roads inside the site.

The project will also house a fire station, a shopping center and a kindergarten.

“The project will provide direct and indirect jobs to over 100,000 young people and support suppliers of many locally sourced inputs,” Hinga said.

The project is part of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s affordable housing program under the Big Four Agenda.

Mukuru slums, which are home to nearly half a million people, are divided into five zones, including Kwa Njenga, Kwa Reuben, Fuata Nyayo, Pipeline and Viwandani.

The informal settlement was declared in August 2017 as a Special Planning Area (SPA) by the Nairobi County Government, with the declaration halting any further development in the region for a period of two years.

The declaration was extended for two years by the Director General of Nairobi Metropolitan Services, Lieutenant General Mohammed Badi.

This decision was intended to make it possible to undertake initiatives to improve slums in the region, which faces challenges such as access to basic needs such as water, electricity, sanitation services, housing and Healthcare.

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