State identifies land for Uhuru housing agenda

The government has identified more than 7,000 acres of land for the construction of a million houses which are part of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda.

Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Cabinet secretary James Macharia said the land was identified in various parts of the country. Land accounts for about 30 per cent of the project’s cost, the CS said.

“We have identified over 7,000 acres dotted across the country, with Nairobi being the biggest chunk. But we have identified land in other major cities such as Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Eldoret and even in other counties,” he said.

Macharia termed the housing project this is the most ambitious project ever undertaken in the country yet, estimated to cost Sh2.6 trillion. “We are targeting all the 47 counties to meet the national shortfall of 1.6 million houses.

The project will have a bigger impact than the Standard Gauge Railway which covers around 17 counties. This one will be felt across the whole country,” said the CS. Speaking on Wednesday during the launch of the Kenya Building Research Centre, Macharia said the housing project will positively impact other sectors.

“The initial estimate is that we shall be creating 750,000 jobs. Already we have companies such as China Wu-Yi who have established a company in Athi River to produce building material,” he said.

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