Lands Department delaying Housing Process

The Public Accounts Committee inquiry intothe National Housing Corporation was told thatthe Corporation has been waiting for seven months to secure land titles for Public Housing.

A letter by Minister for Housing was sent tothe Department ofLands in July last year but no response has delayedthe process.


The inquiry also heard thatthe National Housing Corporation has been operating without a proper Beard sincethe government’suspendedthe former, eight months ago.


Managing Director John Dege who only took office recently, toldthe inquiry thatthe policies at NHC are outdated and do not matchthe current situation onthe ground.


The Public Accounts Committee led by Chairman and Begia MP John Hickey was disappointed. He asked how it could take eight months and still have no response.


The Public Accounts Committee also made some recommendations onthe way forward for National Housing Corporation. This includedthe appointment of a Specialised Beard to Identify Properties underthe different Housing Schemes.


It also recommended a review of all mortgage, transfer and purchase of properties and for only NHC to be involved with Housing matters.


Mr. Dege also handed over relevant documents to assistthe Committee withthe inquiry.


The Committee will issue some directives to NHC to submit ther documents as part of its research.

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