Sunday, 12 July 2015
Ksh748m civil servants housing scheme launched in Kisumu
Acting Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Land, Housing and Urban Development Dr Fred Matiang’i today launched Civil Servants Tenant Purchase Housing Scheme at Shaurimoyo in Kisumu town.
The project, which will be implemented at a cost of Ksh748 million, comprises 250 housing units covering a total area of about 2.85 acres in the first housing construction project to be undertaken by the Civil Servants Housing Scheme outside Nairobi County.
Accompanied by Kisumu Governor, Jack Ranguma and top Ministry of Lands and County government officials, the CS disclosed that the project will have a block of five-storey flats with adequate infrastructural facilities and recreational areas.
He said the project also consists of construction of underground water storage tanks and ample parking areas.
The CS said that in this financial year, Kisumu County alone will receive a total of Ksh5 billion to fund various development projects.
“We will soon commence construction of roads, drainage, installation of high level mast flood lights, sewer, water and sanitation in Bandani, Manyatta Arabs, Nyalenda and Obunga informal settlements at a total cost of Kshs.1.2billion.
This, he explained, is being done through Kenya Informal Settlements Infrastructure Programme (KISIP) in partnership with the World Bank. He said National Housing Corporation (NHC), which falls under the Ministry, has also commenced construction of 700 housing units in two phases where phase I comprises 100 units while phase II has 600 units in Kanyakwar, Kisumu County at a cost of Kshs.2.6 billion.
Dr Matiang’i said Shaurimoyo houses will be sold on a tenant purchase basis with a maximum repayment period of 25 years. However, some of the house will be available for rental purposes with priority given to those civil servants who were relocated to pave way for the project.
The CS noted that the National and County Governments own old housing stock in prime and sparsely developed neighborhoods which should be developed to high and medium density housing to match the planning regulations.
Mr Ranguma said Shaurimoyo borders Kibuye market, which set to become the largest indoor market yet the area and Kisumu County in general lack land for industrial development despite being a special economic zone in the region.