Nakuru News Today – The County Government of Nakuru is encouraging stakeholders in the housing sector to adopt the cooperative housing model, which is a crucial aspect of the Affordable Housing Programme and a key driver towards providing housing to the people of Nakuru in line with Governor Susan Kihika’s Manifesto.
The Department of Land, Physical Planning, Housing, and Urban Development is working with both internal and external stakeholders to identify, profile, and negotiate with registered housing cooperatives on various housing value chain processes in order to adopt a dedicated cooperative housing model that will aid in achieving this objective. According to the technical officers of the county, the cooperative housing model has the potential to deliver up to 5,000 housing units in the next five years across Nakuru County.
During a housing dialogue session jointly organized with Akiba Mashinani Trust and Muungano Wa Wanavijiji, the Chief Officer for Housing and Urban Development, Kamau Kuria, confirmed that the cooperative housing agenda has the potential to provide up to 5,000 housing units in the next five years across Nakuru County.
This was in response to a request from Muungano Wa Wanavijiji members seeking support from the County Government in fast-tracking housing development approvals for their members in Baruti Ward, Nakuru-West Sub-county.
The Executive Director of Akiba Mashinani, Jane Weru, supported the County Government’s sentiments and confirmed that her organization had aided Muungano Wa Wanavijiji in accessing funding for members, enabling them to purchase land and start constructing affordable homes in Nakuru County.
She further affirmed her commitment to seeking a collaborative arrangement with the County Government of Nakuru to ensure the model is scaled to other registered cooperatives in Nakuru County.
The County Director for Housing, Arch Bernard Maruhi, confirmed that the Housing Division continues to target housing stakeholders at the Sub-county and Ward levels through training and sensitization sessions in the eleven alternative building materials and technology demonstration centers set up in each Sub-county. This, he said, would give members of cooperative societies a diverse menu from which to choose in the construction process.
Josephine Ngandu, the Acting Director for Cooperatives, confirmed that there are currently 72 active housing cooperatives in Nakuru County and that more would be registered and encouraged to adopt the cooperative housing model. This, she said, would allow members to construct their homes incrementally while receiving support in capacity building from the County Government of Nakuru.