The county government of Nakuru has kicked off the ambitious affordable housing project. Governor Lee Kinyanjui confirmed the report and said the houses will be completed within 18months.
The project involves construction of 600 houses, under joint partnership with the National government and the World Bank. According to the governor, it will complement the ongoing construction of 2,400 houses in Naivasha, targets workers earning between Sh15, 000 and Sh150, 000.
The houses in Nakuru will be built on a 10 acre-land in Bondeni Estate within Nakuru Town East Sub-County while those within Naivasha are being constructed on a 55-acre parcel of land along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway near GK Prisons.
Demand for housing in Nakuru
“Realization of the provision of Affordable Housing is not only in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big 4 agenda but it is also part of the fulfillment of the Constitution Chapter 4, Article 43 which guarantees every Kenyan the right to accessible and adequate housing and reasonable standards of sanitation. Counties have signed memoranda with the national Government to construct at least 2,000 affordable housing units per year,” said the Governor.
Construction of the houses comes at a time when demand for housing in Nakuru is rising, as local steel and cement manufacturers, animal feeds makers and dairy industries companies set up shop at the Salgaa industrial zone.
Naivasha has attracted both local and foreign investors in the industrial sector. Besides Standard Gauge Railway that is linked to the Meter Gauge Railway at Mai Mahiu, the Inland dry port, a business park being established by Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) and an Industrial park set up by Oserian Company are also expected to draw firms. Several investors have also expressed interest in setting up manufacturing concerns at the new industrial zone within Rongai Sub-County.