- Hinga said Kenyans need to believe that the Housing Fund will come to reality soon.
- The PS said the government did a pilot project to ensure that the project can be actualised.
Housing PS Charles Hinga has given out three reasons why Kenya is struggling with the idea of the Housing Fund.
Speaking on Wednesday during a press briefing, Hinga said Kenyans have a trust deficit towards the government implementing Housing Fund.
He said that the government will put in safeguards to win the trust of Kenyans.
Hinga said Kenyans need to believe that the Housing Fund will become a reality soon.
The PS added that the government did a pilot project to ensure that the project can be actualised.
"There are eight touts who are homeowners in Park Road as well as a shoe shiner, you should ask them so that it can start being real," he said.
He challenged the media to go interview them to let people hear their testimonies.
"It is important for the people who are in the informal the minute they see that there is trust and see there are homes, they will even out contribute us because they are many," he added.
The PS demystified misinformation in the public in relation to the proposed three per cent housing levy by the government.
This is after the proposal to have a mandatory contribution to the levy has attracted mixed reactions from Kenyans, with some saying the plan is unachievable.
Hinga said so far 524 parcels of land have been identified in major towns all over the country and noted that Kenyans are at liberty to choose where they want to own a home.
"It is not going to be a blind undertaking, however, we are starting a programme where we are going to put 200 units in every constituency and these 200 units will be taken," he said.
"I can promise you even if you don’t think there is demand in Mararal or in Karachuonyo or Nyansiongo in Nyamira, first of all, the government is an employer, we have got so many people in there so we are not just going to do this thing carelessly like without due diligence," he added.
However, the majority of Kenyans expressed their reservations with the State's explanation of the project.
Some like @isaiahmngl said, "We want hospitals and schools. We will build houses for ourselves".
While noting that the project was a welcome idea, @petergathunugu said the explanation of the concept was too hard for ordinary Kenyans to understand.