Counties

Kiambu online property platform now restored

James Nyoro

Kiambu Governor James Nyoro.

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Summary

  • The system that approves building plans in Kiambu has been restored after it broke down last December.
  • The hitch saw property approvals delayed by five weeks as the county struggled to solve its electronic development application and management system.
  • This came as a blow to real estate investors who had invested in the area due to its proximity to Nairobi.

The system that approves building plans in Kiambu has been restored after it broke down last December.

The hitch saw property approvals delayed by five weeks as the county struggled to solve its electronic development application and management system.

This came as a blow to real estate investors who had invested in the area due to its proximity to Nairobi.

Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) President Jacob Mwangi however said that massive approval data were lost due to the downtime.

“The Kiambu system was finally restored and is now working. There were, however, some reports of data loss during down time,” Mr Mwangi said.

“Similar systems are now operational in Nairobi, Kiambu, Kisumu, Mombasa and Kajiado.”

The strong appetite for property has paved the way for gated housing estates, shopping centres, and industrial infrastructure such as warehouses in Kiambu.

The growth has been driven by the growing middle class who cannot afford property in the capital.

Much of the demand also rode on Kenyans’ love affair with investment in land ahead of putting money in bonds, unit trusts or shares at the Nairobi Securities Exchange.