Jinja Slum Dwellers Embark on Low Cost Housing Project

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He explains that each beneficiary is expected to contribute at least 1.5 million shillings before construction work begins on the five acre piece of land at Masese III village, earmarked for the project.

Slum dwellers in Jinja municipality have started a self help initiative to mobilize funds to construct low cost houses. The slum dwellers are found in Walukuba/ Masese and Mpumudde / Kimaka divisions in Jinja municipal council. They claim that they came up with the initiative after Jinja municipal council failed to address their pleas to construct for them low cost houses.

John Mweru, the LC I chairperson Masese III village says they have launched a scheme to construct 100 pilot houses that will accommodate at least 600 people. He explains that each beneficiary is expected to contribute at least 1.5 million shillings before construction work begins on the five acre piece of land at Masese III village, earmarked for the project.
 
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Mweru says the move is aimed at reducing the number of makeshift houses, which are also congested. On average single room in the area currently hosts about 13 people in Masese III village. A multi million shillings low cost housing project launched in Mpumudde / Kimaka division by slum dwellers International stalled due to lack of funds.

The project was meant to construct 300 houses for the 280 members under the Kawama low cost housing project. Some of the houses that were completed under the project have since been occupied. Despite the stalling of the project, some of residents continued saving money on a weekly basis to help them get a descent home.
 
Doreen Anyango, one of the occupants of the houses initially constructed under Slum Dwellers International Kawama project says the low cost housing project says the new project will solve the housing problems faced by many slum dwellers in the area. Sarah Awol, a resident of Makenke village is a mother of six.
 
Awol and her family occupy a makeshift house built of papyrus, rusty iron sheets and old poles. She says the new project will be a huge relief once it succeeds. William Ebusa, the LC III chairperson Mpumudde / Kimaka division says the members deposit money on a weekly basis depending on the type of house of their choice.

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David Kyasanku Jinja municipal council town clerk has welcomed the low cost housing project initiated by residents. He however, says that many of the slum dwellers, who came as internally displaced persons are squatters on the land they occupy. He advises the slum dwellers to clear with the municipality so as to acquire proper land documents.

Statistics at Jinja municipal council show that the slums are home to approximately 10,000 people in the municipality.