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Top Raila Odinga lieutenants now praise President William Ruto’s leadership


A section of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga on Monday, October 3, 2022, praised President Dr William Ruto for a project he launched within Nairobi County.

The move to praise the Head of State comes at a time when another section recently faulted a visit by President Ruto in Homabay County where they claim they were not informed.

Thus they did not attend the various activities that President Ruto undertook during the tour.

On Monday, the Head of State presided over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Mukuru kwa Reuben affordable housing project.

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The event was attended by a section of leaders allied to Mr Odinga and who served within Nairobi and who also welcomed the project.

Lang’ata Member of Parliament Mr Felix Odiwuori alias Jalang’o welcomed the project saying that members of his constituency will also benefit from the project.

“Today the President issued the final titles to the Nairobi slum upgrading project, with that done and we can confidently say that the commencement of the Zone B Highrise is set to begin later this month when the President will come to launch the project,” Mr Odiwuori said.

According to him, the project which President Dr Ruto was looking forward to launching in his constituency will have a total of 4,500 units and will see more Lang’ata residents live in better houses with dignity.

Similar to the sentiments made by Mr Odiwuori, Nairobi County Woman Representative Ms Esther Passaris said that the project launched by the President will benefit people living in Nairobi.

“I joined His Excellency William Samoei Ruto and other leaders in Mukuru to inspect an ongoing affordable housing project that will positively impact many families in Nairobi County. I have committed to support and rally my colleagues in parliament to prioritise the Housing Fund Kenya project,” she said.

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President Dr Ruto said that the project will give relief to more than 110,000 households in the 700-acre Mukuru kwa Reuben slum and will specifically target those residents in order to make homeownership a possibility for low-income families.

“Mukuru is the only place you pay to go to the toilet, you pay 170 per cent more for water than others are paying in Lavington and Karen,” President Ruto said during the event.

“You pay more for electricity than any other part of Nairobi, yet these are the people who are at the bottom of the pyramid,” he added.

According to President Ruto, those who currently pay rent at Mukuru Kwa Reuben will have the option to do so in the new housing project in the form of a mortgage.

According to the Head of State, those who are given the option to pay a mortgage will have full ownership of their homes in 20 years.

The rent for bedsitters will be Ksh3000, while 1 bedroomed house will go for Ksh5000, and two-bedroomed houses Ksh6500 under the social housing plan.

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