Kibera slum aerial photo
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The government has slotted a slum upgrade program for Soweto and Mukuru slums in Nairobi as part of the affordable housing program.

Housing Principal Secretary Charles Hinga revealed that the government plans to construct some 15,000 housing units in Mukuru under the Kenya Slum Upgrading Programme from the first quarter of the current financial year.

The PS said the Department of Housing and Urban Development has already received KSh. 2.3 billion for horizontal infrastructure. He said the plan includes putting up schools, and hospitals in the slum area.

According to health experts, the substandard living conditions in slum areas expose huge populations to a greater risk of Covid-19 spread.

PS Hinga also said that the government has allocated KSh. 7.8 billion for the construction of 4,800 units in Soweto.

Government authorities have already designated Korogocho and Mathare as special planning authorities.

Nairobi Metropolitan Services recently published a gazettement notice suspending all development plans in four Kibera Slums (Sarangombe, Laini Saba, Makina and Lindi) for two years, making it was a special planning area.

The declaration will facilitate the formulation of harmonized standards and guidelines for buildings and other forms of development as defined under the Physical and Land Use Planning Act, 2019.

According to PS Hinga. there are 1,409 informal settlements in the country. About 900 of these are covered by the Kazi Mtaani program under which 300,000 youths have been employed.

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