, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 8 – Nairobi County has assured residents of the City living in estates earmarked for face-lifting or reconstruction that they will be offered alternative places to reside and rent as the project kicks off.
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero says there will be no forceful evictions but instead the re-location will be carried out in a humane manner.
Communication Director in the Office of the Governor Walter Mong’are who spoke on behalf of Kidero said the County Government had already secured partnership deals with leading financial institutions and tenders awarded.
“The County Government, together with the tenants will continue to have conversations and these is one of those projects where that are going to not only create employment opportunities for young people but also it will give the city residents an opportunity to own their first house,” he said.
“There is no eviction that is going to happen but there will be a systematic relocation. Where we need to pay out, we will do that. That has already been catered for in the project.”
The new housing units will house approximately 650,000 residents, with the plan to renovate the existing homes currently on existing estates, the county government collects rent from 14,000 housing units some of which are dilapidated.
Already several areas in Nairobi City County have already been identified for the construction of the new houses in the multi-billion shilling development project that will ride on the back of a County Comprehensive Urban Renewal Programme.
The estates set to benefit from the programme include Pangani, Jeevanjee/Bachelors, Ngong Road Inspectorate staff quarters, Old and New Ngara, Uhuru and Suna Road.
Other include Bahati, Mbotela, Ziwani, Makongeni, Kaloleni, Jericho and Shauri Moyo, which will be demolished and redeveloped.
“We want to give people quality houses and infrastructure that will stand the test of time,” he said. “Every partner that we have taken on board is credible and has the capacity to undertake the project.”
Some of the local financial institutions according to Mong’are include Kenya Commercial Bank and Equity Bank.
The first phase of the project will involve building of approximately 14,000 housing units in seven sites that have so far been identified by the County.
Once the project it’s over, the County Government will have built a total of 3,500 apartments.