The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Service Members are set to benefit from over 2,340 housing units through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) at a cost of Ksh. 7.5 billion.
Service personnel from the rank of Private to Warrant Officers are earmarked for the first phase of this grand project whose pre-bid conference was held at the Villa Rosa Kempiski Hotel in Nairobi.
The units are set to be in five sites namely Roysambu (15 acres), Kwambuzi in Nanyuki (300 acres), Nyali Barracks (10 acres), Lanet Barracks (21) and Gilgil Barracks (200 acres) constructed on a Build-Lease-and Transfer (BLT) basis.
The meeting brought together officials from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) Ministry of Treasury and alongside prospective bidders for the project.
Defence Principal Secretary Hon. Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed lauded the project saying it is a milestone that shall go a long way in providing decent housing to the soldiers.
“This is something very significant for our KDF troops. We hope it shall be of great relevance and it shall be just but the beginning since we shall make good use of the available land for such a noble purpose,” said Dr Mohammed.
He observed that the Service Members have been facing acute housing challenges which shall be addressed after the project is concluded.
The Chief of Infrastructure, Brigadier Dennis Kamuri said that the process whose bidding ends on April 27 has received a boost of Ksh.1b from MoD.
The remainder shall be paid in quarterly installments of Sh125m raised from members’ deductions on their house allowance.
“The source of funding shall come from members through monthly deductions on their house allowances which shall be submitted quarterly to the kitty. This is a single project though on different sites where malls, children playgrounds and other amenities shall come later after the housing project is complete,” said Brigadier Kamuri.
KDF is providing the land for free and called on successful bidders to ensure maximum utilization to available space.
The project is meant to provide affordable housing for the Service Members in line with the government’s Big Four Agenda.