The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Shitanda's 800 House Pledge

HOUSING Minister Soita Shitanda has vowed to ensure descent houses are built for the 800 families living in slums in Kakamega town if elected governor.

Shitanda, who is outgoing Malava MP, said after managing the housing ministry, he would use the experience to plan for better housing for residents.

"I will ensure enough houses are built to be sold to residents on a tenant-purchase scheme," said Shitanda.

He dismissed rivals, especially those who served in the provincial administration, as people out to ensure the status quo and asked voters to reject them. Shitanda faces former Nyanza PC Paul Olando of UDF, former Turkana DC Albert Mwilitsa of URP and Planning Minister Wycliffe Oparanya of ODM.

Shitanda said his development record as Malava MP for the last 15 years and a minister for five years places him in a better position to be the county's first governor.

"I know Oparanya and Olando very well and I know they cannot manage the county well. Oparanya is yet to pay village elders who participated in the 2009 census while Olando has nothing to show for his years in the provincial administration," he said.

He pledged to set up a revolving fund where youth and women will access loans without security to help promote the entrepreneurial culture and encourage self employment.

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