BABU OWINO says a house is a private good and shouldn’t be given by the State as he opposes RUTO’s housing project

Thursday, January 11, 2024 - Embakasi East Member of Parliament, Babu Owino, has joined other Kenyans in opposing the Kenya Kwanza Alliance government's plans to construct houses for Kenyans.

In an interview with one of the local dailies on Thursday, Babu Owino opined that the government should not provide Kenyans with houses under the Affordable Housing Program as it is a private good. 

"A house is a private good, it should never be provided by the government, the government should create an enabling environment for Kenyans to construct their own houses," he said. 

Owino said the Affordable Housing units are after all too expensive for a mama mboga and boda boda to afford. 

"We were told that we have Affordable Housing, how is a house affordable for Mama Mboga who should raise Sh300,000 as a deposit to own a house?" Owino posed. 

"Is it possible for this mama mboga to raise Sh20,000 monthly when there are children that she is supposed to take to school, pay rent and buy food?"

Owino said the government should instead focus on providing an enabling economy that will provide jobs for Kenyans to get money which they can use to construct their own houses.  

This comes after the government on Tuesday called on Kenyans to purchase ready units of the Affordable Housing Project in Nakuru.

The project includes 605 units where 45 are one-bedroom, 180 two-bedroom, and 380 units three-bedroom.

Two bedrooms (64 sqm) are being sold at Sh3.1 million while Three bedrooms (85 sqm) at Sh4.2 million.



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