- President William Ruto is expected to lead the groundbreaking ceremony after the receipt of the land.
- Affordable housing is one of the projects President Ruto pledged to undertake when he visited Homa Bay on October 2.
The state has handed over a site that will be used to build the 110 affordable units in Homa Bay.
Lands and Housing Cabinet Secretary Zachariah Njeru handed over the site to the contractor.
President William Ruto is expected to lead the groundbreaking ceremony after the receipt of the land.
Affordable housing is one of the projects President Ruto pledged to undertake when he visited Homa Bay on October 2.
The government will construct 400 units, and pavements along the road (non-motorised transport) from Junction Kodoyo to Makongeni and Homa pier.
At the pier, a modern fish market funded by the State Department of Housing will be built.
Njeru said the construction process will start before December 1.
“Construction starts immediately to allow residents to live in conducive and affordable houses,” Njeru said.
Three weeks ago, the National Housing Corporation signed an agreement with the Homa Bay government to pave way for the construction of the houses.
Njeru said the houses will be put up in phases.
The first phase will have 110 units and will take 12 months to complete.
It includes 40 two-bedroom houses, 40 one-bedroom houses and 30 studios.
Speaking at the site on Thursday, Njeru said the contractor Ernie Campbell Company Limited will put up a Level 3 health facility near the site to help residents.
“The health facility will help residents in accessing medical services with ease,” he said.
Governor Gladys Wanga said the town is already served by a teaching and referral hospital and the health centre will boost health service provision to people who will live at the site.
“We’re already having a sewerage system which will help us in improving sanitation. The county is preparing to have adequate water for supply,” Wanga said.
Other proposals include putting up buildings for shops to serve people living at the site and outsiders.
A school for children is already nearby.
Wanga said the construction will offer job opportunities to youths in Homa Bay as she called on the contractor to use locally available materials and labour.
She said they welcome the President's move to make the county have affordable housing in Homa Bay.
“Homa Bay has sand and other building materials that can be used in the project. We also have artisans who can make good windows and doors for the project,” Wanga said.