The government has unveiled plans to construct 5,000 housing units in Elgeyo Marakwet County as part of the Affordable Housing Programme (AHP). Iten town, serving as the county headquarters, will receive 2,000 units, while Keiyo South, Marakwet East, and Marakwet West sub-counties will each be allocated 1,000 units.

During a meeting chaired by County Commissioner John Korir, it was revealed that a plot of land had already been identified in Iten for the construction of 200 units, with the tendering process underway. Additionally, all four sub-counties have identified land for market construction, with designs set to be drawn by a team from Nairobi before tenders are advertised in the coming weeks.

Addressing challenges facing the project, including land scarcity and encroachment, National Land Commission County Coordinator Rebecca Maritim highlighted efforts to reclaim public land from grabbers. The NLC has placed caveats on titles issued for public land to prevent further encroachment and has successfully repossessed some grabbed plots.

County Commissioner Korir emphasized the importance of government departments working together to ensure the success of the programme. He urged officers to educate the public about the benefits of the scheme and called on the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to expedite the process of reclaiming grabbed land.

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