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NEW HOUSING GUIDELINES TO REDUCE BUILDING COSTS

More low-income earners are poised to become home owners as government plans to initiate more housing sector reforms.

Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony of Great Wall Gardens in Athi River, acting Lands Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said the revised building code is among three other bills to be submitted to Parliament seeking the provision of affordable housing for Kenyans.

“Our medium term plan in the ministry is to move the annual housing

delivery from 50, 000 units as proposed in 2013 to about 200,000 units a year. However, we cannot do it alone as government. There is, therefore, need for us to partner with the private sector to realise this goal,” he said.

STAKEHOLDER MEETING

Dr Matiang’i said the ministry will Monday convene a meeting between key housing sector players such as developers and financiers with a view to addressing housing sector challenges.

“As government, we are concerned about the cost of housing in Kenya and so our conversation will mainly be about looking into ways of providing affordable housing in Kenya,” he said.

He indicated that the upcoming building guidelines will ensure the use of new affordable technology to reduce building costs and achieve affordable housing for Kenyans.

“We are also looking to harmonise construction fees among all developers as well as provide critical infrastructure such as electricity and roads,” he said.

The CS noted that Nairobi County has a shortage of housing to the tune of of 200, 000.

He challenged developers to venture into other counties to balance development in the country.

Source: Daily Nation

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