Nairobi County Assembly wants staff allocated houses in Sh300b project

NAIROBI, KENYA: The Nairobi County Assembly now wants 20 percent of all houses constructed under the urban housing development project allocated to staff.

The Sh300 billion housing project, which will see buildings in several old estates in the city brought down and replaced with modern low-cost houses, is expected to kick off in the first quarter of this year.

A county planning and housing committee last week tabled a housing policy report meant to guide the sharing of the houses once complete and key among the recommendations was that a chunk of the much-awaited houses reserved for the county staff.

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“The county Housing sector should be given powers to allocate 20 percent of the houses to county staff who qualify to own them,” read the report in part.

The report, which was adapted by the house, also stipulated that the houses under the project should not be disposed before lapse of 5 years from the time of purchase or acquiring.

“The county government should manage their projects and not allow them to be absorbed under the national programe. There should also be mechanisms to ensure that finished houses are allocated to the targeted persons i.e. people with an income of Sh150,000 and below,” it added.

At the same time, finer details have emerged on how regeneration of the seven city estates will be carried out as the groundbreaking draws closer.

According to the report, six companies have been awarded tender to construct hundreds of affordable houses in Nairobi as part of project.

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They include Technofin Kenya, Green Ederman Property, Green Prestik Limited, Jabavu Village Limited, Stanlib Kenya and Directline Assurance Limited.

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Nairobi CountyGovernor Mike Sonko