Oguna addresses accusation made on national TV by city professor

Cyrus Oguna answers Professor Alfred Omenya on claim on affordable housing.

Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna during an appearance on KBC Radio Taifa on July 5, 2022

Government spokesperson Col. (Rt) Cyrus Oguna has rubbished claims made by Professor Alfred Omenya that the Jubilee administration has failed to deliver on Big 4 Agenda pillar on affordable housing.

Prof Omenya, who participated as an analyst during the Nairobi gubernatorial debate held on Monday, argued that the national government did not fulfill its promise of building more affordable houses.

The professor claimed that the Jubilee administration instead destroyed up to 150,000 housing units.

Oguna faulted Prof. Omenya on the accuracy of the information he has on the current status of the Affordable Housing project launched by the Jubilee government.

"During the post-debate analysis of Nairobi Gubernatorial Debate, one Prof. Alfred Omenya, with a straight face stated that Jubilee Administration has failed to deliver on housing, The good Professor did not have his facts correct," said Cyrus.

The spokesman highlighted the Jubilee government has over-delivered on its promises citing the completion of more than 1.4 million housing units across the country.

"250,000 housing units have been completed across the country. Another 650,000 are in the pipeline, way more than the 500,000 promised by Jubilee administration," he said, adding: "The houses are in Park Road, Jevanjee, Pangani, Mukuru, Soweto ‘B’, Meteorological Site, Buxton Point (Mombasa), Bondeni (Nakuru), Mavoko (Machakos), Kiambu, Embu."

Oguna praised the affordable housing project claiming it is not what they anticipated as it is now luring private sectors.

"This is one of the programs that has been delivered beyond expectations. It has now gathered its momentum, attracting the private sector to move in, thereby, leaving the Government to provide facilitation and oversight," said Oguna.

Further, Prof. Alfred claimed that, according to his statistics during Covid-19, over 46000 houses were destroyed by the national government and that they failed to rebuild them.

Cyrus Ogun, however, has called upon Omenya to seek more information from him.

"The good Professor can get in touch with us for more information," he said.

Responding to Oguna's objection, Prof. Omenya promised to share the statistics he has saying: "In a similar spirit of transparency I will table details of houses destroyed in Nairobi shortly."

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