Parliament demands low-cost houses for the poor

Monday July 5 2010

Legislators on the Physical Infrastructure of Parliament is pushing for the urgent construction of Low-cost houses by the government in Naguru, Nakawa and Namuwongo.

More than 50 families have been pushed away from these areas to pave way for the construction of high-end apartments and business premises.
Most of these families are languishing in slums where even the simplest of facilities are not available.

According to the MPs, most of these families spend nights standing during rainy seasons whenever their houses flood.
Mr Ibrahim Byandala, the committee chairperson said yesterday that the government should buy land in the outskirts of Kampala where land is relatively cheap and build low-cost houses for people being evicted.

The programme to construct low-cost houses started in the 1960’s but was hampered by lack of funds.
The housing backlog has been worsened by the high urbanisation rates in the city.
According to the 2003 Demographic Survey 2003, Uganda suffers from a deficit of 1.6 million housing units.

The private sector has had an initiative to have houses constructed but the rent charges are too high for the average income earners to afford.
Currently, most developers have targeted the middle class.

On average, the house rent charged by private developers on housing units cost about 500,000 shillings per month.

The Uganda Bureau of Statistics estimates that by 2025, about 4.8 million people in Kampala will have no houses.