200, 000 police houses to be built in Nairobi, Kiambu slums starting January

Government will embark on construction of 500, 000 police houses in the next five years. []

The Government will build 200, 000 housing units for police in Nairobi and Kiambu slums, Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has said.

The 200, 000 housing units for police will be past of 500, 000 units government projects to put up in the next five years.

Ina statement, he said the project will be given priority because inadequate housing for police officers including Prison wardens has been a challenge for the disciplined forces.

“The government is committed to providing a home for each and every Kenyan in order to provide dignity to her citizens,” said the CS as reported by Daily Nation.

There is a shortage of 70, 000 housing units for the National Police Service while the Prisons department calls for 16, 000 housing units.

A pilot project of the housing units will be launched in Mavoko. Here, 8, 000 units will be put up. Then government will embark on re-developing 200,000 houses in slum areas, starting with Kibera, Marigu-ini and Nairobi’s Kiambiu slums.

The police and prisons services housing project have already been commissioned in Ruiru, Kiambu County.

The construction of the first phase will have 1,050 houses spread over six sites built on pilot basis. They will be part of other 1,850 units built. Their completion is due in February.