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.
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
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
“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”.