President William Ruto will be embarking on a two-day tour of Nyanza, during which he will launch the first phase of the affordable housing project in Homabay County. This project is a critical component of the government's agenda outlined in the Kenya Kwanza manifesto.
It is aimed at not only addressing the pressing issue of low-cost and decent housing needs but also at creating jobs for thousands of young people and stimulating the local economy.
Towns such as Oyugis, Kendu Bay, and Mbita are set to benefit from this initiative. The State House Spokesperson, Hussein Mohamed, emphasized the importance of this project, stating that it is not only about providing affordable housing but also about boosting the local economy.
He went on to mention that housing parts such as doors and hinges will be supplied by the local Jua Kali association, which will further stimulate the economy in the counties.
The government has set an ambitious goal of building 200,000 housing units every year to bridge the current housing deficit of two million units. Thirty-nine counties have already identified land for the construction of these affordable houses, and the President has emphasized that this initiative cannot be achieved by the government alone.
The administration is committed to ensuring that private developers have a market for the units they construct when they partner with the state. In October of last year, the President announced that affordable housing is a priority for his administration and that they will address this issue through partnerships with private developers.
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