Friday, May 27, 2022

227 Kibaki housing projects worth Sh. 16bn that have stalled since 2014

Civil Servants Housing Project: Hundreds of housing projects that were initiated by the government of former President Mwai Kibaki have stalled since 2014. The housing units which total about 227 are worth Sh. 15.7 billion. The housing units were meant to to provide housing for civil servants.

They stalled after the government of president Uhuru Kenyatta chose to abandon them barely one year after taking office in 2013. This has been revealed by Housing Principal Secretary Solomon Kitungu. “The buildings projects stalled due to lack of funding. In the financial year 2014/15, Sh1.24 billion was allocated to the Stalled Buildings Program with priority being given to projects that were at least 90 percent complete,” he said.

The stalled housing units comprise three sites of 170 blocks of Type C, 10 blocks of Type E and 30 blocks of Type D. It also includes servants’ quarters.

According to Kitungu, the project consultant, M/s Habitech, had estimated that it would cost Sh. 1,273,062,122 to complete the housing project. “We have proposed to implement the project in three phases and it will require Sh. 567 million to start works,” Kitungu said.

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He added that the Cabinet Secretary for Housing has asked that the whole stalled project programme be revisited with a view to complete them. “We are also considering returning the stalled projects to mother ministries, departments, or agencies so that they can find money to complete what they started,” he said.

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