Make the sacrifices by saving into the housing fund- Ruto issues a plea to Kenyans.
Speaking on Thursday during a visit by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the head of state expressed that the housing issue cannot be postponed any longer.
He cited that Kenyans should look at the long term and bigger picture of 60 years from now, where they will be enjoying like other countries.
He stated,”I don’t want us to postpone this agenda any further and thus I’m asking Kenyans to make the sacrifices by saving into the housing fund so that 60 years from now we can also have a similar success story.”
He outlined that Singapore started their affordable housing journey 60 years ago when Kenya started its housing policy and currently, over 85 per cent of Singapore residents have decent housing.
Unlike in Kenya, where informal housing has taken a larger percentage especially in the less fortunate in the society.
He stated,”Kenyans are currently engaged in the housing debate, with approximately 6.5 million people lacking affordable and decent housing. Singapore has one of the most successful stories on matters of public housing. The PM has informed me that 85% of all Singaporeans live in decent and affordable public housing.”
“Their journey did not start overnight, it began 60 years ago, around the same time we established our Housing Policy. They took some hard decisions and made some sacrifices where they undertook mandatory savings, and the results are there for everyone to see. We are 60 years late in taking this bold step,” he added.