Nyeri, Wednesday, February 21, 2018 KNA
Prisons officers at the King’ong’o Maximum Prison will have 60 new houses by August After a contractor moved in to start the construction of the houses.
The prison will have 12 two-bedroom units and 48 bedsitters that Regional Prisons Commandant Hassan Bugu said will go a long way in alleviating the biting house shortage that faces all prisons in the regions.
He said only half of the officers currently live in reasonable accommodation with the other half living in improvised iron sheet and mud-walled structures.
He added that that the government’s initiative of improving the officers’ housing was good for staff morale as it showed the government cared for the officers’ wellbeing.
Introducing the contractor to the site, Architect Stephen Maina, of the Ministry of Housing which is overseeing the project, said the houses at King’ong’o that are expected to cost Sh 110 million are part of a larger project that will see similar houses built in prisons and police stations in 12 counties at a cost of Sh 744 million.
He said the houses are the first to be built using a new technology that will cut building time and costs by 30 percent as it uses less water and reduces the time normal building walls and concrete works are given to cure.