Govt orders review of NHC houses prices

11Jan 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Mtwara
The Guardian
Govt orders review of NHC houses prices

THE government has ordered the management and board of directors of the National Housing Cooperation (NHC) to review prices of its houses constructed in the outskirts of cities across the country.

Deputy Minister for Land, Housing and Human Settlement Development, Angelina Mabula made the remarks yesterday when speaking shortly after inspecting one of NHC’s house projects in Masasi district, Mtwara. During her tour in the region, Mabula is also expected to meet workers of the land departments.

Mabula’s directive follows complaints from Masasi Members of Parliament, Dr Rashid Chuachua and Jerome Bwanausi of Lulindi constituency who raised concerns over high prices of the houses which have been constructed purposely for civil servants.

According to the legislators a single house is sold at 54m/-.

“It is important that you revise the house prices especially those built in the outskirts including the ones in Masasi district, the board and management should make sure the houses are sold to avoid losses,” said Mabula.

She said if selling them becomes more difficult, there should be a plan to give them to people on lease agreement. She said allowing civil servants to rent the houses will reduce housing problem to workers especially in Masasi district.

She however cautioned NHC to build houses in accordance with demand to avoid spending money on unprofitable projects.

NHC Public Relations Manager, Muungano Saguya said they are about to complete construction of houses. He said the project will cost 600m/- upon completion adding that the houses will be ready in the next six months.

Saguya informed the Deputy Minister that the 54m/- price per house was reached after considering construction cost. He said the cooperation is willing to lease the houses to civil servants who will be ready to enter into contract with NHC.

Mabula also toured Nanyumbu and Tunduru districts to inspect implementation of various projects in the lands sector.

In the two districts, she was saddened with poor collections of revenues through different land levies as well as poor documentation of files. She urged officials in the land departments to put in place proper arrangement for storage of documents and sensitize people to pay land levies to boost collections.