Why it’s time to rethink the Kenyan home ownership dream

If Kenyans have a preoccupation these days, apart from quail farming and other get-rich-quick schemes, it seems to be real estate. For many years, we have cultivated the home ownership dream – believing that buying home is a great investment…
EDITORIAL: Vetting of contractors long overdue

The move by the National Construction Authority to register and licence afresh all contractors seeking to undertake any construction work in Kenya is long overdue. The NCA has said it will thoroughly scrutinise all contractors to ensure only those with…
EDITORIAL: Thika Road is highly commendable project

The expansion of Thika Road from four lanes to eight lanes highway is a highly commendable project that will spur economic growth in the country. The new super highway will bring to an end the dreaded traffic jam on this…
New building code needed to solve housing crisis

With an annual demand of 150,000 units against a supply of about 30,000 units, Kenya is experiencing an acute housing crisis. The housing crisis is worsening every year fuelled by the rapid population growth and the swift migration from rural…
Chinese ‘grab’ mega church projects in Kenya

As China continues to dominate the local construction industry, Chinese companies seem to have discovered a lucrative business opportunity – church-building business. In the past few years, Chinese companies have dominated the local construction industry, having won many contracts with…
High rise apartments could solve Kenya’s housing crisis

The City Council of Nairobi recently announced it was reviewing building restrictions in Nairobi’s leafy estates to pave way for the construction of high-rise apartments. The Council’s decision to review the laws that were established more than two decades ago…