President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to tour Mombasa on May 1st, after his March meeting with Governors Hassan Joho, Amason Kingi and Salim Mvurya. After the last week meeting at State House with the three governors, the Head of State dispatched Housing and Urban Development PS Charles Hinga and Head of Presidential Delivery Unit Andrew Wakahiu to inspect the 6B Bouxton Housing project, which will be launched by the president.
“The project will be a game changer in the county as it will provide job opportunities to our youth,” Mombasa businessman and politician Suleiman Shahbal said, revealing the project will see 750 jobs created directly and about 3,000 others indirectly.
The Sh6 billion project involves the demolition of the 502 units currently at Buxton estate, for the construction of 1,860 new apartments. The Buxton estate units, owned by the county government, include 150 units for the county staff and another 352 units for rentals.
Currently, they are one and two-bedroom units for which they pay Sh2,800 and Sh3,662 respectively. Once complete, the new one-bedroom units will go for Sh1.8 million each, two-bedroom for Sh3 million and the three-bedroom units will go for Sh4.2 million.
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has said the project will be completed in nine months and that the tenants will get Sh240,000 compensation and another Sh60,000 as a deposit to buy the new houses.