President Ruto announces end of Kazi Mtaani

President William Ruto has declared the end of the Kazi Mtaani project

While presiding over the groundbreaking ceremony of Soweto East Zone B affordable Social Housing Programme in  Kibra Constituency in Nairobi today, October 25 Ruto put an end to the project launched by retired President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“Hakuna kazi ya mtaani tena. Hio kazi ya kuokota takataka na nini achaneni nayo,” he said.

The programme, which started with a budget of KES 10 billion, employed 283,210 youths in 900 informal settlements across the 47 counties, but despite calls by youths to return the project, the President turned a cold shoulder instead saying the government will generate employment through the construction of the affordable houses.

“We will employ 2500 youths who would otherwise be on Kazi Mtaani to construct the houses here in Soweto,” he said. Adding, “Kazi ya kuokota taka taka ni ya Sakaja.”

He launched the construction of 4,054 units for former slum dwellers in the Kibera Soweto B Social Housing Project, a program praised by Governor Johnson Sakaja who termed it as a project signifying the people of Kibra.

According to the President, he expects the two-year project to prioritize those already living in the area to be the first to receive the new houses.

The project is aimed at offering residents the opportunity to become house owners after 20 years through an affordable ‘rent-to-own’ program from as low as KES 2400 per month.

According to the President, the government has signed an agreement with the contractors, to provide 40 per cent of the work to the locals. Local manufacturers and jua kali sector are expected to provide various construction materials, as the government seeks to turn the housing challenge into an economic opportunity and spur job creation.

“We have said KES 550 million will go to the local industry here in Kibra and to those in jua kali sector on Ng’ong Road and Kariobangi,” he said.

Ruto also reiterated that his administration will embark on the construction of affordable housing starting with over 200,000 units in the next one year. He said the country has a shortage of one million units.

“I have already instructed governors to look for land where we can invest in affordable houses to improve the quality of living for our people,” he said.

Soweto B is the second affordable housing project Ruto has launched since he was sworn into office.  Nairobi will have five ongoing projects for a total of 29,026 units by December.

The President met financial sector players, on Monday evening who agreed to support the affordable housing plan and other major infrastructure projects including industrial parks with a KES 500 billion investment in the first year. The investment will progressively grow to a total of KES 1 trillion in the fifth year. 

The meeting brought together the pensions industry, insurance firms, SACCOs, cooperatives, and Islamic finance institutions.

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