How far has President Ruto's ambitious housing plan gone, a year into his presidency?
Juma Ephy Adhiambo, a resident of Soweto, Kibra, is among 500 workers residing
in the Soweto B Social Housing Project.
who is the only female steel worker at this construction site, has been working
here for the past year.
hii kazi miongoni mwa wanaume. Ni challenging ..nauliza colleagues na wananipa
mawaidha. Nilikuja nikaulizia …wakasema utaweza? Nikasema nitaweza. Mjengo ni
kama kazi zingine. Challenges, ukifanya kazi na wanaume wengine wanakuchezea
ama ku undermine lakini unawaongelesha. I hope siku moja nitakuwa engineer,”
Odhiambo, a quantity surveyor by profession, is the Site Manager at the Social
Housing Project that when complete will house 4055 units for slum dwellers from
commenced properly in January. We are working on 4 blocks, 18 blocks, 4055
units, sewer line had a challenge. 150 Workers, Casual 70, Technical people
contribute 50%. All our workers are from
Kibera. It's giving back to society; housing is a basic need. When you do have
this you avoid many disasters such as fire,” he says.
Soweto B project is projected to be completed on 5th January 2023.
Moraa, a surveyor, says her work entails everything in place with planning: “We
are setting out floors bit by bit like Block A.”
like all Occupants of the Government Social Housing Projects, the prospective
owners of the Soweto B Social Housing Project will be required to pay an
initial 10 % deposit, with a minimum monthly rent payable for 25 years.
house owners can only transfer their units after 7 years from the first date of
the Social Housing Scheme, Bed Sitters which cost 600,000 require a Ksh. 60,000,
initial deposit, One-bedroom units that cost Ksh.1,000,000 need an initial Ksh.100,000
deposit, while a Two-bedroom unit that costs Ksh.1,500,000 requires a Ksh.150,000
role is to link the Government with the community. We ensure legit
beneficiaries qualify. Houses in zone ABCD are not for sale & are not
transferable. The community has welcomed the project: they have been without
amenities. So far so good, the community benefiting from employment. Sewer line
crisscrossing,” says Stanley Njoroge, Chairman of the Settlement Executive
Committee (Soweto East, Zone B).
depart Soweto B, Kibra and head straight to Mukuru, where the construction of a
massive 13,000 housing project is underway.
Gikera, from the State Department of Housing, is the Project Architect of the
units that are expected to be fully occupied in 2025.
5 blocks will be complete in January: 2 years completion period. Over 13,000
units, a Fire station, school and police station. The first priority will be
given to slum dwellers, those living in riparian land,” she says.
the Mukuru Meteorological Housing Project, there are a total of 216 Bedsitters,
216 one-bedroom units and 96 2-bedroom units.
than Soweto B and Mukuru Met, the construction of Social and Affordable Housing
Units has kicked off in Kibera Soweto, Ruiru, Pangani, Starehe, Shauri Moyo,
Homabay and Mavoko.
addition, 200 units will be constructed in each of the 290 constituencies. The Groundbreaking
for the projects has been experienced in Githugu Kirinyaga County, Bahati Nakuru County, Lurambi Kakamega County and Vihiga.
Affordable and Social Housing Agenda was among the Key Pillars in President
William Ruto's Kenya Kwanza Alliance Manifesto.
effectively execute the Mission, President Ruto needed a funding mechanism. The
head of state used his alliance's numerical advantage in Parliament to pass the
controversial Finance Bill 2023 that imposes a mandatory 1.5 % Housing Tax
gross salary deduction from employees and employers.
the proposed finance bill 2023 received a major backlash during its public
controversial Finance Bill eventually became law and is currently being
challenged in court by different petitioners led by Busia Senator Okiya Omtata.
William Ruto's dream of fulfilling his Housing campaign promise recently
received a major boost through the launch of the Building Climate Resilience of
the Urban Poor Initiative during the Africa Climate Summit 2023.
will go a long way in realizing our dream of social housing,” the president
of the Council of Governors Anne Waiguru says County Governments are entering
into an MOU with the National Government in order to implement the project.
as county Governments have already allocated land,” Waiguru says.
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