Government to construct 1850 housing units for police officers, says Kaimenyi

Tuesday March 8 2016

Land Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi issues a

Land Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi issues a title deed to Mzee Kwiriga Mwamba (right) at Mweru Chief's Camp in Imenti South on March 7, 2016. He announced that the government would construct 1850 new housing units for police officers. PHOTO | PHOEBE OKALL | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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The government plans to construct 1850 housing units for police officers, Land Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi has said.

Speaking Monday in Majengo slums in Meru County during the issuance of title deeds, Prof Kaimenyi said the ministry will ensure police officers stay in conducive environment as they undertake their duties.

“The process of constructing police houses is underway. 1850 police houses will have been constructed by early 2017 to avoid police officers sharing houses,” said the CS.

He added that Sh70 million has been set aside to construct a bridge in Majengo slum to ease transport.

“We are aware of the challenges Majengo residents are undergoing especially in transport but I assure you that the bridge will be worked on very soon because it is already budgeted for,” he added.

He also revealed that Sh25 million has been allocated for the construction of Meru Social Hall to be completed before 2017.

Meru Senator Kiraitu Muruingi defended residents who fail to collect their title deeds saying this was due to the levies imposed before the document is released.

“I call upon the Ministry of Land to lower the levies imposed before title deeds are released to allow those who cannot afford the money get their title deeds too,” said the senator.

This was after the CS said that Meru and Tharaka-Nithi Counties have been issued with 155,000 land title deeds but only six per cent have been collected from county land offices.

Prof Kaimenyi added that the ministry has released 111,000 title deeds to Meru County and about 44,000 to Tharaka-Nithi but residents have not picked the documents.