By COUNTY DIARY.
On Monday, December 14, 2020 -Kitui County has today launched construction of 2,000 housing units of the Affordable Housing Program.
The initiative will see among others residents of low income own houses, create jobs and wealth.
The program is in line with President Kenyatta’s Big 4 Agenda and Governor Ngilu’s five pillar manifesto.
In his remarks, Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga who was the Chief Guest said many Kenyan populations had been deprived of decent housing for long in the country resulting in the expansion of slums and informal settlements noting the housing program will help solve the problem in the country.
Odinga said “the project will restore hope and decency of the beneficiaries, some of who are living in harsh conditions”.
He praised Kitui’s focus on manufacturing as a tool for growth.”I have seen notable products made locally here, hand sanitizers, concrete products, Kitui made wine and non-pharmaceuticals among others”.
These are great strides”. Said Raila.
On her part, Governor Ngilu said “launch is a milestone of monumental proportion for Kitui”.
She noted that pioneer development projects would be named Chief Kivoi Heights and Nzambani Rockview Estate as a recognition of Kitui’s rich history and proud heritage.
Governor Ngilu added that the housing requirements in Kitui stood at 250,000 making the county an attractive destination for housing developers.
Noting that Kitui is emerging as a new frontier for business between Mombasa and the Mt. Kenya region, the Governor said the program seeks to meet the different client needs ranging from bed sitters to 4 bedroom maisonettes payable over 15 years.
The launch of the 2000 affordable housing project is an addition to the already milestones in manufacturing at Kitui Textile centre, Kitui Youth Skills Enterprise Centre and the Kitui Pharma that is manufacturing non-pharmaceuticals.
According to Governor Ngilu, the housing program will spur industrial and job creation in the county through use of local materials from the ballast crusher and also create employment to thousands of people in the next two years.
Both Raila and Ngilu commended private developers for their contribution towards growing the country’s housing program.
On BBI, the two leaders said “time was right for the country to embrace change and strengthen the 2010 constitution” noting it is imperative for Kenya to further progress.
The PS in the State Department of Housing Charles Hinga said “Kitui is slowly establishing itself in the country’s map as a place of interest and growth”.
Kitui Central MP Dr. Makali Mulu thanked the county assembly for supporting the program that will scale up housing in the county.
Photos By Barrack Muli_
KITUI GOVERNOR’S PRESS.