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How Kenya is locking out local contractors from housing projects - 10 months ago, 27 Maý 15:22

James Kariuki

Chances are that built-environment professionals will be watching from the side as the multi-billion shilling low-cost housing scheme takes shape.

This is after they realised that their planned bids were disqualified at the preliminary stage on technical grounds and due to stringent conditions set out for the planned projects.

The ambitious Mavoko sub-county pilot where 800,000 units are to be set up is a classic example where local professionals have little or no say.

According to some of the conditions, a consultant or contractor must have handled multi-billion shilling projects, say three or five initiatives in the last 10 years, and a firm must  have Sh200 million annual revenues for the past three years earned from handling big ticket projects.

Others are that money received should be from development of mass housing, hospitals, government housing projects, security bond of Sh10 million and a contractor should have at least Sh500 million working capital. These, players ...
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