‘There will be no slum in Kibera in 10 years’ – Ruto
President William Ruto has vowed to do away with Africa's largest slum, Kibera, in 10 years.
Ruto was drumming support for the Affordable Housing initiative, promising to build over 200,000 houses in Nairobi in the next five years.
Ruto said the expansive informal settlement will be replaced by modern estates in his plan to offer Kenyans decent affordable housing. Ruto was speaking during a church service at Deliverance Church International, Lang’ata, Nairobi.
"We want to build 200,000 houses across Kenya. In Nairobi alone, in the next five years, we are planning to build 200,000 houses. We are also moving people from the slums. In 10 years, there will be no slum in Kibera, we'll have changed it into an estate," Ruto stated.
Ruto defended his government's move to implement the Housing Levy despite opposition from Kenyans who felt overburdened by taxes.
Recently, Ruto announced that over 70,000 affordable housing units are nearing completion across the country.
Ruto spoke when he visited Mukuru Met Social Housing Project in Mukuru, Nairobi County, where over 14,000 units are nearing completion.