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Govt to construct 80,000 houses for police officers

17 February 2015, 08:17 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The government plans to construct about 80 000 houses for police officers before the end of this year.

Poor housing has been a major challenge to the security officers across the country and Lands and Housing Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu wants the problem solved.

Ngilu asked the National Assembly Lands Committee to push for allocation of KES 1.3 billion to her ministry in this year’s Supplementary Budget process for construction of the officers’ housing units.

“Police housing units is more urgent than any other public servants in the nation. My ministry has already done two housing units for the officers in Embakasi and we intend to construct a total of 80 000 units this year,” said Ngilu.

Ngilu informed the committee that she had toured volatile North Eastern region and sympathized with the living conditions of police officers, therefore, need for her ministry to prioritize the construction of their housing units.

The CS also told the committee presided over by the Vice Chairman, Moses Ole Sakuda, that an addition allocation of KES 2 billion is needed for purchase of land to settle squatters in the country.

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Ngilu further informed the committee that her ministry has so far issued a total of 750 thousand title deeds and it was to issue about 1.5 million titles by June, 2015 nationwide.

Since the Lands function was devolved, Ngilu said about KES 5 million is required by all 54 Lands registries to cater for essential management facilities.

She added that 13 registries have been cleaned and automated, and the ministry intends to clean 24 registries before June this year out of the 54 registries in the country.

In total, Ngilu requested the committee to push for KES 9.430 billion during the 2015 Supplementary Budget allocation for proper running of the ministry’s activities.

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