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Black cotton soil: The bane of Homa Bay town - 9 months ago, 12 July 08:15

Barack Oduor

Homa Bay Town is grappling with a housing crisis. The crisis has been attributed to a chain of reasons whose solutions might be difficult to reach.

Ostensibly, the hosting of many tertiary institutions and the demerits of black cotton soil have contributed to the strain. Students and residents are paying more for accommodation because of insufficient houses.

Black cotton soil

Construction expert Methuselah Onyango says that the town’s soil structure makes building expensive compared to other areas in the county.

“The soil structure on the shores of Lake Victoria renders construction of foundations expensive,” he observes.

For example, he says investors who buy land away from Lake Victoria’s shores save on construction expenses compared to those who build near the shores.

“I have invested in constructing rental houses out of Homa Bay Town. I have realised that it is cheaper to build foundations away from the black cotton ...
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