Civil Servants and members of the Disciplined Forces are set to benefit from a Government housing project aimed at constructing more than 20,000 houses for them. for Civil servants and it is looking for financiers and investors to partner in the implementation of the housing programme.
Currently, the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development is construction 1,850 housing units for the National Police and Prisons Services using Industrial Building Systems which reduces buildings costs by 30 percent and also reduces the construction period.
Speaking today during the opening of the 24th Blue Triangle Cement Kenya Homes Expo at KICC, Cabinet Secretary (CS) James Macharia said the project was part of the 10,000 units the Governments intended to build for the Disciplined Forces for the next five years.
“In order to address the huge deficit, industrialization of housing production is inevitable and we welcome investors to build local manufacturing plants including setting up industrial parks for alternative building materials and technologies,” the CS said
He noted that this would create employment, facilitate transfer of technology and also offer training for the people.
Mr. Macharia said that the Ministry has facilitated utilization and investment in locally available technologies as well as Industrial Building Systems (IBS) and that to date, they have established 93 Appropriate Building Materials and Technology (ABMT) centers across the country to facilitate collaborative research, technology, incubation, enterprise and skills development .
The CS further said that the Ministry is currently engaging land owners including private entities, public institutions, County Governments and cooperative societies with large tracks of undeveloped land, developers and financiers to encourage partnerships with joint ventures for delivery of affordable housing.
A month ago, the Government, China- Africa Development Fund and a local firm Suraya property group signed a deal to oversee the 20,000 houses to be built for the civil servants.
The Government was to provide land on which units were to be built while Suraya was to provide consultancy with CAD Fund providing construction.
The culmination of the project would help in addressing the shortage of Government houses, especially in urban areas.
According to the founder and Chairman of the ongoing Expo under the theme ‘homes for all’ Daniel Ojijo, the initiative reflects the growing needs of the Real Estate market where affordable housing is a key highlight.
Mr. Ojijo said that every Kenya should have access to affordable housing and with the recent reduction on interest rates, access to home loans and mortgages should be availed to all people regardless of their economic status.
Exhibitors at the Expo are not only showcasing homes but have expanded to host related concepts of the Real Estate market whereby one buys land and before they start building, they could meanwhile farm on the land.