Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: NHC Embarks On Low Cost Housing

Moshi — NATIONAL Housing Corporation (NHC) has identified Hai District as a suitable place to start a low cost housing scheme.

NHC Kilimanjaro Regional Manager, Mr Shehe Kombo unveiled on Friday, saying the area is cosmopolitan and called upon Kilimanjaro residents to feel free to purchase the high quality housing units.

The manager added that for Bomang'ombe alone, they have approximately 9.6 hectares of land available for the scheme. He promised to unveil more information as the exercise progresses.

Mr Kombo was speaking at a function where he handed over 698 iron sheets worth 15m/- to Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner (RC), for people who were affected by storms early this year in Hai and Mwanga districts.

"May I inform Kilimanjaro residents and other Tanzanians that we are initiating a low cost housing scheme in Hai District in Bomang'ombe area," he said.

Mr Kombo said they are yet to establish the exact number of housing units to be constructed at Bomang'ombe as contractors are still working on the design of the houses to establish the exact number of units.

The manager added that for Bomang'ombe alone, they have approximately 9.6 hectares of land available for the project. He promised to unveil more information as the exercise proceeds.

"This is another rare opportunity for Kilimanjaro residents, I urge them to turn up in large numbers to purchase these houses once construction begins as they will be pocket friendly and of high standards," said Mr Kombo.

Bomang'ombe is the headquarters of Hai District located between the Sanya River and the Mungushi gulch and overlaps the Arusha - Himo road about 17 kilometres from the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA). Mr Kombo said the iron sheets donated were in line with the corporation's social responsibility policy.

Other corporate social responsibility activities conducted by NHC include the rehabilitation of Mwanga District Hospital.

Kilimanjaro RC Leonidas Gama on his part, thanked NHC for caring and commended it's professionalism in enabling people own quality houses.

He said poor construction led to houses being destroyed by the storm. Over 500 households were affected in Hai and Mwanga during a storm that swept through districts in January and February, this year.

The RC commended disaster committees for their strenuous efforts in getting the communities, individuals and companies to help.

He expressed gratitude to organisations and companies that assisted in helping the victims of the storm these included, Bonite Bottlers Company, KNCU, Serena, Kinapa, Megatrade, Dawasa, Muwsa and Tanga Uwasa.

The RC thanked Mr Freeman Mbowe and Prof Jumanne Maghembe, legislators for Hai and Mwanga respectively for timely donations.

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