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Sh15b plan to build houses in counties

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 24 – The Ministry for Housing has received Sh15 billion that will see low cost housing become available in informal settlements.

Housing Minister Soita Shitanda says the project will be initiated in 15 counties around the country and is expected to be completed by June 2016.

“This is a program that we want to roll out to other municipalities. There was a certain criteria that we used in identifying which municipalities are the most desperate. There are the ones that have most issues with slums.  Naivasha for example, because of the flower farms and its location to Nairobi was one criteria,” Mr Shitanda declared.

He said the planned program dubbed Kenya Informal Settlements Improvement Project will see community committees be set up in counties to allow for consultations on project designs.

“Part of the funding will be used for capacity building, around Sh1.2 billion. These are the funds that we intend to utilise in training programs, such as procurement. We in collaboration with the Ministries of Lands and Local Government where the municipalities don’t have the capacity, we are stepping in to fill the voids,” he affirmed.

“The project that the beneficiary municipalities will implement will enhance job creation opportunities for the youth. These projects must absorb local residents.”

The project is being done in collaboration between the World Bank (WB), French Development Agency (AFD) and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).

The World Bank contributed Sh9 billion, with AFD mutually contributed Sh4 billion, while SIDA gave Sh1 billion and the Government of Kenya gave Sh1 billion towards KISIP.

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