KCCA Unveils Plan to Construct Affordable Houses for Low-Income Earners in Slum Areas

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Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has announced an ambitious plan to construct affordable houses for low-income earners residing in slum areas. The initiative, aimed at improving the living conditions of the less privileged, will involve a partnership between KCCA and various investors.

Hajat Minsa Kabanda, the Minister for Kampala Affairs, made this announcement during the official launch of the apartments in Kampala on February 13, 2024. She highlighted the pressing need to address the dire living conditions in the slum areas, where a significant portion of the population resides.

“Kampala is a vast area, but unfortunately, it is riddled with slums. If one were to traverse the city, they would encounter numerous slum areas. Our previous attempts in 2003 to collaborate with investors did not yield satisfactory results. We had explored the possibility of partnering with India, seeking assistance in upgrading infrastructure in Kampala,” Kabanda said.

The minister expressed her belief that political interference may have impeded the success of these previous endeavors. However, she reassured the public that this new plan would focus solely on the needs of the people, rather than catering to political interests. KCCA is determined to support slum dwellers and establish effective measures for improving the capital city.

Kabanda also emphasized the abundance of unused land in Kampala, particularly in areas like Kisenyi 1, Kisenyi 2, Mengo, and several surrounding parishes, which are predominantly occupied by slum communities. The availability of these lands presents a unique opportunity to develop affordable housing options and uplift the lives of low-income earners.

The proposed project intends to address the inadequate housing situation and provide decent living standards to the vulnerable populations residing in slum areas. By partnering with investors, KCCA aims to mobilize resources and expertise to construct well-structured and safe homes that are affordable for low-income earners.

This initiative aligns with the government’s commitment to sustainable urban development and poverty eradication. It not only addresses the pressing issue of housing shortages but also supports economic growth by creating employment opportunities and stimulating investment in the construction industry.

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