Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has disclosed his administration’s plan to address the housing shortage in the Capital.
The county government has identified nine estates that have been earmarked for the urban renewal program.
“Nairobi’s population has grown over the years thus increasing the demand for housing. We have a shortage. More so a good per cent of the residents of this city are unemployed or low-income earners and thus cannot access decent affordable housing,” Sakaja said.
The nine estates are Jericho, Bahati, Maringo, Lumumba, Ziwani, Kariobangi, Embakasi, Bondeni and Woodley.
Sakaja said the urban renewal program is anchored on the Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan (NIUPLAN), which identified the redevelopment of Eastlands, Nairobi.
Jericho is poised for 6000 affordable housing units, Bahati 9,000 units, Maringo 4,000, Lumumba 4,000, Ziwani 2,500,Kariobangi North 2,000, Embakasi 2,500, and Bondeni 700 units.
Governor Sakaja said the project will have 70 percent affordable housing units, which will be sold between Sh1.5 million and Sh3.5 million.
The remaining 30 percent will target middle and higher-income households.
Sakaja noted his administration will work closely with the national government to actualize the project.
He also said the project has received a boost from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which has pledged to support the county.
Governor was speaking on Tuesday after opening the pre-bidders conference for the county’s Urban Renewal Affordable housing program.
Officially opened the Pre-Bidders conference for our Urban Renewal Affordable housing program. We are redeveloping 9 County Estates (Bahati, Maringo, Jericho, Lumumba, Ziwani, Bondeni, Kariobangi, Embakasi and Woodley that will create > 40,000 housing units for our people. pic.twitter.com/2zFvBIDX3H
— Sakaja Arthur Johnson (@SakajaJohnson) March 7, 2023