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Kenya Chinese Investor to Partner in Building Houses
2015-02-05
Brief:Trans Nzoia county is in talks with a Chinese investor to build 1,000 housing units in a bid to bridge the biting supply deficit.
Governor Patrick Khaemba said the talks are ongoing and is optimistic that a partnership agreement will be signed soon.

The houses will be used by the county staff while others will be rented by the public at affordable rates.

Currently, most of the houses inherited by the county government from the now defunct Kitale municipality are dilapidated, as most are more than 40 years old and rarely maintained or repaired.

"My administration wants to ensure our staff and the residents stay in good houses and I am optimistic our plan will be successful," said Khaemba.

The county government has already procured five brick-making machines that do not require cement, which is expected to slash the cost of construction by about 50 per cent.

Trans Nzoia has various plots where the houses will be built, including Pangani, Mumia and Milimani estates.

"Although most of the land in town was grabbed by some individuals, we will start constructing houses by using what we have as the process of reclaiming the grabbed land goes on," Khaemba said.
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