By Shadrack Andenga Odinga
The Kenyan government on Thursday approved 15 billion shillings for the implementation of the first social housing program in the country’s history to be conducted in Mukuru.
The Mukuru Social Housing Project was approved during a meeting chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta and will see 13,000 housing units built in the slum.
The project is part of the president’s big four agenda and has seen President Uhuru Kenyatta’s commitment to provide affordable housing to Kenyan citizens and also improve lives in informal settlements.
“I am worried though. Kenyans have never trusted fully the government or politicians. These ideas are great, but we are afraid that other people will benefit from the houses and us the slum dwellers will be kicked out, just like what happened in Kibra during the Evans Kidero days when he was Nairobi governor,” a worried Monica Njeri who resides in Mukuru slums quipped and added that unless president Uhuru Kenyatta provides direct supervision to the project, then Mukuru residents should be worried.
According to the government, this project will be undertaken jointly in conjunction with private investors.
As much as the idea seems sweet on paper, the reality on the ground is that the common slum dweller is worried about his/her future.
Now Mukuru slum residents are calling upon the same government to protect them so that they can benefit from their projects, after all they also pay taxes.