Affordable Housing in Kenya: One of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ambitious legacy projects is the construction of some 500,000 new houses.
The houses have been billed by the government as affordable and so far, over 100,000 Kenyans have signed up for them. But the chances of these houses coming alive appear so far fetched, especially since the president has only 40 months remaining to the end of his second term.
This means that Uhuru would need to construct up to about 410 houses in a day and 17 houses per hour.
But these gloomy figures have not deterred Mr. Kenyatta from reiterating his aim in a series of tweets that were posted by State House hours to his State of the Nation address.
In one of these tweets, Uhuru said that his aim is still real.
“We aim to deliver 500,000 affordable housing units by 2022; universal healthcare for all; food and nutritional security; and sharply grow the manufacturing sector and value addition of our agricultural products,” said President Kenyatta.
“We aim to deliver 500,000 affordable housing units by 2022; universal healthcare for all; food and nutritional security; and sharply grow the manufacturing sector and value addition of our agricultural products.” – H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta#MovingForwardKe#SOTNKe2019
“Majority of Kenyans don’t have an opportunity to own a home and we are living in a scenario where as a country we have less than 500,000 people who have mortgages since independence. This is why we have #AffordableHousing programme.”
Under Uhuru’s leadership, the country has seen a sharp spike in the number of people struggling to own decent homes. Similarly, according to the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), the number of Kenyans living hand to mouth has risen from lows of 30 per cent to highs of 51 per cent over the last three years.
As well, the amount public debt has shot up in tandem with the number of multi-billion scandals. It now remains to be seen if the current number of projects under the Big Four programme will see any light of day.