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NMS’ phased housing plan to avoid dwellers’ backlash

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NMS director General Badi. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • NMS has called on banks, pension funds, realtors and other investors to tender for affordable housing in Bahati, Maringo, Jericho, Lumumba, Bondeni, Ziwani, Embakasi, California, Kariobangi North, and Woodley using a phased-out plan starting with open spaces.
  • Previous attempts to build large scale houses in the old city estates have been met by resistance including litigation and protests.

The Nairobi Metropolitan Services(NMS) plans to build new houses in phases and in open spaces in 10 city estates to avoid resistance from current residents.

NMS has called on banks, pension funds, realtors and other investors to tender for affordable housing in Bahati, Maringo, Jericho, Lumumba, Bondeni, Ziwani, Embakasi, California, Kariobangi North, and Woodley using a phased-out plan starting with open spaces.

Previous attempts to build large scale houses in the old city estates have been met by resistance including litigation and protests.

“The Nairobi Metropolitan Services would wish to embark on an urban renewal and redevelopment in a phased approach in ten estates and will in this regard take advantage of open spaces thereon,” NMS Deputy Director-General Kang’ethe Thuku said in a notice.

Attempts to demolish the city’s old dilapidated houses to construct high-rises have failed to take off but with the backing of the private sector and the national government the overhaul of the city infrastructure is set to be unlocked.

The government hopes county governments will compliment its half a million housing plan under President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda.

This is the second phase of the affordable housing delivery programme in Nairobi which aims at tackling urban decline.

Nairobi has already built its first 160 housing units under the Sh5 billion Pangani project awarded to Tecnofin and expects to deliver 1,562 housing units in five blocks by the end of this year.