Demand for housing in Murang’a County has gone higher surpassing the magnitude that has seen a good number of people working in Murang’a but living outside Murang’a due to lack of housing.
Majority of those living at the outskirts of Murang’a County headquarters opt for other towns like Juja and Thika saying that land in Murang’a is plenty but there is no ample investment in terms of housing that can cater for the emerging huge capacity of working class and students.
According to Jacob Mwangangi who is the Chairman of Murang’a County Cooperatives, there is a huge and growing number of students in Murang’a town after Murang’a University College was awarded a charter that gave birth to a growing number of students. Recently, Pioneer International University also opened a campus in Murang’a town not mentioning other private colleges that have mushroomed in the town.
Mwangangi says that the cost of housing in Murang’a have gone higher and Broad Borders have come in to help assist the low income earners.
Following the high demand for housing in the area, Broad Borders Housing cooperative have embarked on investing in real estate and housing for its members in order to cater for the rising numbers of persons.
The cooperative has invested in land in Murang’a and 26 other counties that have fast growing towns that needs development in terms of housing.
Jeremy Karemeri is the Chairman for Broad Borders Housing Cooperative and says that the driving force is when the cooperative gives its members a chance to pay for their plots in installments, that has pulled quite a number of members.
However, Jeremy feels that the land business has been infiltrated by cartels that have been curtailed by the government.
He points out that as a way of preventing its farmers from dealing with cartels, the cooperative goes through due diligence with the ministry of lands and registrar of persons to enable them establish the real owner of any parcel of land, so as not to deal with cartels.
Karemeri says that nobody should consider himself as a low income earner as broad borders gives them a stepping stone that acts as a spring board for they are given land and left to pay at their own pace.
The two were speaking at Kabuta in Kiharu constituency during issuance of title deeds and launch of Kabuta phase 8 project that is a 15-acre parcel of land.
During the launch, over 300 title deeds were issued to members.