Editorials

Allocate State houses fairly

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Completed affordable housing project in Ngara, Nairobi on September 18, 2020. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NMG

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Summary

  • The completion of the allocation of the first phase of affordable houses is good news for those who successfully applied for the units.
  • They now have a decent place to call home.
  • However, about 300 Nairobians failed in their bid to be allocated the Ngara three-bedroom houses.

The completion of the allocation of the first phase of affordable houses is good news for those who successfully applied for the units. They now have a decent place to call home.

However, about 300 Nairobians failed in their bid to be allocated the Ngara three-bedroom houses.

The State has, therefore, told the unsuccessful applicants to bid for smaller units which are already complete. They also have an option of waiting for the bigger houses in the next phase or requesting for refunds.

However, it is only proper that the allocations is done in a fair and transparent manner. The Ministry of Housing owes it to Kenyans to explain the criteria used to allocate the houses to the beneficiaries. Many have expressed reservations about the viability of the housing scheme given the government’s poor record of implementing such projects. The projects are often marred with malpractices such as corruption and favouritism.

It is from the way the first units have been given out that Kenyans will be able to judge whether or not the entire project will live up to expectations. The Housing ministry should therefore quickly come clean on who are the first beneficiaries and how they were picked.