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Ngara Affordable Housing Tenants Decry Water Shortage

CAPTION: Affordable housing project on Park Road, Nairobi

Occupants of some 228 affordable housing program (AHP) units built by the government in Ngara, Nairobi, have come out to protest a long-lasting water scarcity threatening to halt normal living.

Speaking on behalf of frustrated neighbors, one tenant of the low-cost units revealed to us how residents have been forced to fetch and ferry water from the ground floor of the 13-story apartment block.

When asked, those in charge of management say that the shortage has been occasioned by faulty pumps which can no longer effectively push water to all sections of the building.

As things stand, the occupants might soon be forced to buy the precious drink from roadside vendors.

This would be such a shame considering the amounts they forked out to afford the bungalows.

“Hello, Nyakundi,

I stay at the new houses on Ngara which were built by the government under the affordable housing program.

Over the past month, residents are forced to fetch water from the ground floor because of the pump this, the pump that.

How can you carry water up to the 13th floor?

This is not sustainable in the long term.

The residents should not buy water.

The question is, to whose benefit?

The buildings look good on the outside, but all is not rosy at all,” the source writes.

The neighborhood dubbed “The Park Road” was the first low-cost housing development by the national government under the Big Four’s Affordable Housing Program.

The project sits on 7.9 acres of land and is being constructed by China State Construction Engineering.

Before the project, the estate was made up of 48 standalone bungalows constructed during the colonial period..


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