In Summary
  • The World Bank indicates there is a two million housing units deficit in Kenya, whereby 61 percent of urban dwellers live in slums.
  • President Kenyatta said he would launch the first of the many housing developments in a week’s time.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday outlined the progress made so far in his Big Four agenda for economic growth, which he unveiled a year ago.

Food security, affordable housing, manufacturing and universal healthcare are the four development linchpins that Mr Kenyatta’s administration pledged to focus on during his second and final term in office.

The Jubilee administration now has four years to ensure that economic plan is fully implemented.

In his speech, the president explained why it is important that the Big Four economic blueprint is fully entrenched in the government’s day-to-day activities as it is the only way his administration would deal with the needs articulated by the citizenry.

On the housing pillar, the announcement by the government on provision of decent and affordable housing was one of the items in the Big Four that raised considerable expectations in the hearts of many Kenyans.

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But recent revelations indicate that this may not be achieved in the short-run, thanks to the heavy-handed nature of State bureaucracy.

Mr Kenyatta said his administration has, over the last 12 months, established appropriate laws and policies that would provide a platform to transform the housing sector.

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