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Government puts on notice Isiolo land grabbers

Individuals implicated in grabbing the government’s land have been put on notice ahead of the affordable housing project in Isiolo County.

Isiolo County Commissioner Geoffrey Omoding said the individuals who had grabbed land belonging to the government should prepare to vacate the land before they are forcefully moved to pave the way for the construction of more affordable houses in the subsequent phases of the ongoing program.

Mr. Omoding said the government program will not spare land grabbers, especially in Isiolo town’s Wabera Ward where most government houses and land were grabbed by influential individuals.

He also revealed that the government program will be extended to all the 10 Wards in the County and urged all residents to start paying by saving little installments for the new houses whose first phase will be completed by the end of next year.

The director for the Affordable Houses Programme Mr John Karanja who visited a first phase construction site at LMD in Isiolo town said the government intends to build 10000 units across the County.

He said the underway work of 200 units with eight blocks at LMD was impressive with the contractor attaining two per cent of physical construction having commenced last October with the heavy rainfall sometimes hampering progress.

Mr Karanja said about 400 skilled and unskilled laborers are already working on the site and added the government was also going to build social amenities including healthcare clinics and early childhood education classes for the residents.

He urged Kenyans to log into the ‘Boma yangu online Portal’ on the E-citizen government website to learn more about the affordable housing program.

The County Executive for Lands and physical planning Mr. Yusuf Dahir disclosed that land for the construction of the affordable houses in the 10 Wards in Isiolo was available and was optimistic that the project was going to benefit area residents with employment opportunities and make available decent housing for even the less privileged in the society.

By David Nduro

 

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