Jua Kali traders working in Chuka town Tharaka Nithi County have asked the state department of housing to consider them during the purchase of construction installations that will be used in the Affordable Housing Program (AHP), by evenly distributing the opportunities across the 47 counties.
The call comes at a time when the government is planning to acquire 100,000 doors and 120,000 windows for the AHP program in Starehe and Shauri Moyo estates, Nairobi.
The items are to be supplied by Jua Kali artisans in the country according to the housing Principal Secretary Charles Hinga
The traders said that should the tenders be offered at the national level, they will not be able to benefit from the capital intensive program.
“We urge the government to help us benefit from the tender by availing the opportunities at the county level,” said Jameson Muriithi, a Chuka town Jua Kali artisan who has worked in the town for close to 30 years.
The traders said that even distribution of the opportunities would improve job security giving them a chance to grow, as opposed to the current system whereby highly politically connected organizations and individuals win tenders.
Affordable Housing Program is among the Big four Agendas fronted by the Jubilee administration to address inadequate housing in Kenya.
The piloting phase of the program was completed with the establishment of 228 housing units in the Park Road project, whereby only three Nairobi based associations benefited from the lucrative tender for the supply of 7,000 doors and 8,400 windows.