By Ronald Njoroge NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to launch a 20 billion U.S. dollar
social housing project to ease the housing deficit, a senior
government official said on Monday.
cabinet secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and
Urban Development, told a media briefing in Nairobi that a
request for interest has been issued to international and
domestic firms to undertake the mass low-cost housing venture.
“We have received
interest from over 60 firms that have undertaken similar social
housing projects elsewhere and we will soon award the contract
after completion of the tender process,” Macharia said during
the Stakeholders Forum on Validation of Kenya Building Research
Centers Strategic Plan 2017 to 2022.
Under the project,
the east African nation plans to construct one million low-cost
houses at a cost of 20,000 dollars each, over the next five
“We are going to
borrow heavily from nations such as China that have been able to
construct high-rise apartments which are safe for human
occupation at an affordable cost in order to roll out a high
number of quality houses,” he said.
Macharia noted that
Kenya currently has a housing deficit of 1.85 million houses due
to rapid urbanization.
“This has led to the
proliferation of slums as supply cannot cope with the rising
demand,” he added.
secretary said that the social houses will be built through a
public-private partnership as government resources are not
sufficient to construct the houses.
The private sector
will be offered a number of incentives and subsidies in order to
ensure the houses are affordable to ordinary citizens.
The ministry of
infrastructure, housing and urban development is fast tracking
the enactment of the Kenya Building Research Institute bill that
will create a research organization to spearhead innovation of
the latest technology to lower the cost of construction in the