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National Housing Tired of Doing Government's, National Water's Job

Kaijuka pointed out that in many places where they have established housing estates, they have had to fix sewage, built lagoons and roads which should be a responsibility of National Water and Sewerage Corporation, and the government.
National Housing and Construction Company CEO Eng. Kenneth Kaijuka (left) and Stanbic's Anne Jjuko at the MOU signing event.

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While they have been bashed for not having building affordable housing units for Ugandans, the National Housing and Construction Company Boss Eng. Kenneth Kaijuka has said their hands on reducing cost are tied because they incur a lot of 'unnecessary' expenditure on things which would have been a responsibility of government.

Kaijuka pointed out that in many places where they have established housing estates, they have had to fix sewage, built lagoons and roads which should be a responsibility of National Water and Sewerage Corporation.  

Highlighting Namungoona where they are still struggling with sewage management and Nalya estates where they had to construct lagoons, the engineer says this cost is then carried on to the people who eventually use the units.

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He said this on Tuesday as the company signed a Memorandum of Understanding -MOU with Stanbic Bank and Stanbic Properties Limited which was graced by the Finance Minister Matia Kasaija who asked the company to put their concerns to local authorities.

Kasaija said housing units that cost up to Shs200million are still very expensive for an average Ugandan yet developers have access to low cost building materials.

Under the new understanding however, at least 1,400  housing units will be developed, targeting initially Stanbic Bank employees after which offers will be extended to other corporate entities, public and business community.

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To date, according to him the risk has been borne by National Housing alone right from land, design and the financing risk up to the marketing where they have to look for clients to take up the units. 

While all details of the MOU are not yet clear over know how much a unit will cost, Kaijuka says the bank will be responsible for not just marketing but financing of their projects.

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On her part, Anne Jjuko, the Stanbic Bank Uganda Chief Executive remarked that while housing is well articulated in Target 11 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is a key component of sustainable development across all the other goals and yet remains a perennial problem in Uganda.

“We agree with the view that good housing drives access to basic services like health, contributes towards inclusive growth, and supports the development of a sustainable future, with a direct impact on the factors that contribute or mitigate the effects of climate change”.

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