23 October 2019

The county government of Murang’a in the Central Kenya region is set to
construct affordable housing units to benefit about 2,000 Murang’a residents
from poor backgrounds.

Through a program set to run up to 2022, and meant
to save the less fortunate from effects of adverse weather, the county
government intends to set up two-roomed permanent houses at a minimum cost of
as low as approximately US$ 1,000 per unit.

Initially, residents will only be required to
provide labour and land where stabilised block house units will be constructed,
but will later be required to adopt a repayment plan drafted by the county

Sarah Masaki, the Murang’a County Lands and Housing
county executive said that they shall draft a long term repayment plan where
beneficiaries would pay back the cost in installments over a certain number of

She was speaking during an exhibition by Fahari homes held
at Kenya Agricultural Research Institute in Thika town, where they are showcasing
their wares and expertise.

“We will partner with professionals, technical
institutions and private entities to bring this plan into fruition,” she

She also urged Murang’a residents to embrace the
program as it will improve the county’s housing infrastructure in the rural
areas and provide them with good shelter at reasonable prices.

Masaki noted that the initiative would help
the national government in achieving the affordable housing program, the fourth on its
list of the big four agendas.

This program is meant to address the country’s
shortage of housing infrastructure. The national government under the State Department for Housing and Urban Development, therefore, intends to construct at least 500,000
Affordable Housing Units by 2022.

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