A national housing survey report released by Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu shows that over half of the 9.1 million (57 per cent) households surveyed across the country live in bungalows while 16.5 per cent live in traditional houses.

It has also emerged that more Kenyans live in Swahili houses (10.3 per cent) than in flats (7.6 per cent). Only 1.3 per cent of Kenya households live in maisonettes while 5.3 live in shanties.

Bungalows are most used in peri-urban areas (68 per cent) and in rural areas (64 per cent ) compared to urban areas (40 per cent).

On the other hand, flats are found most in urban areas (20 per cent) compared to rural areas (1.2 per cent) and peri-urban (2.6 per cent).

The survey revealed that the majority of families living in bungalows own them compared to flats, which are owned by only a tiny minority that live in them.

In addition, only one per cent of those living in maisonettes own them, with 24 per cent of those in Swahili houses having ownership compared to 12 per cent for shanty houses and 1.3 per cent for traditional houses.

The survey also revealed that 73 per cent of households had corrugated iron sheets as the main roofing material followed by makuti (8.9 per cent) and grass (7.5 per cent) both in urban and rural areas.

By Ally Jamah, The Standard


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