NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya is considering offering a number of
incentives to spur the development of low-cost housing units, a
government official said on Saturday.
Charles Hinga Mwaura,
Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and
Infrastructure, said in Nairobi that the real estate sector has
concentrated on the high-income housing segment due to enormous
returns from investments.
“In order to spur
development of more low-income housing units, the government has
set aside 7,500 acres of serviced land for property developers
to construct affordable housing units,” Mwaura said.
He said the
incentives are meant to overcome the systematic problems that
have made the construction sector spurn the affordable housing
include a 15-percent tax relief for taxpayers who purchase
houses under the affordable housing scheme.
indicates that the national housing demand stands at 250,000
units annually with 80,000 for high-income and 170,000 for
However, Mwaura said
that the real estate industry constructs on average 49,000
housing units for the rich and only 1,000 units were targeted at
the low-income segment of the population.
“This has lead to
the development of informal settlements as the poor cannot find
affordable decent houses,” he added.
The PS said Kenya
has one of the highest costs of land in Africa and as a result
real estate developers tend to concentrate on constructing
expensive houses in order to make returns on their incentives.
Kenyan campaigners root for
inclusion of elderly persons in disability agenda
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Policymakers should incorporate the concerns and aspirations of
senior citizens during implementation of national programs that
seeks to empower people living with disabilities, Kenyan
campaigners said on Monday.
Talal Waheed, the
Africa Regional Inclusion Advisor at HelpAge International, said
the campaigners noted that elderly people with various forms of
physical impairments were likely to suffer from severe forms of
discrimination and abuse hence the need to avail them adequate
“Women, men and
children with disabilities across all age groups face systematic
neglect throughout their life course in various developing
countries including Kenya,” Waheed said.
“When age and gender
intersect with disability, the vulnerability of persons with
disabilities is multiplied,” he added.
Kenya will be
co-hosting the Global Disability Summit to be held in London on
Tuesday with the British government and the International
Disability Alliance to help spotlight the plight of people
living with physical and mental impairments.
He urged governments
and multilateral lenders to allocate more resources towards
uplifting the living standards of older and disabled persons.
Kenyan advocates are
hoping the Global Disability Summit will come up with a new
roadmap to advance the welfare of physically challenged senior