President William Ruto has urged leaders to support efforts by the Government to ensure ordinary Kenyans own decent homes. He said it was unfair for those who have mortgages to deny ordinary citizens the opportunity to own homes. “Those who have mortgages should not sabotage the one for ordinary Kenyans to own houses. Leaders from MPs to MCAs should be mindful of the welfare of ordinary people,” said the President. The President made the remarks during the ground-breaking ceremony of the proposed Bellevue Park Residences Affordable Housing Project, in South C, Nairobi, on Thursday. The project upon completion will have 2,356 units besides creating 5000 employment opportunities. President Ruto said Housing Fund unlocks great potential for employment and an opportunity for ordinary Kenyans to own decent homes. “As leaders, we must be deliberate and intentional in creating jobs for our people.” The Head of State clarified that contribution for the Housing Fund had nothing to do with taxes but savings for contributors to own homes. “Contributions for Housing Fund is not a tax but savings that will enable them own decent houses,” he added. He said the Bullevue project was among several other ongoing and upcoming across the country. The Government targets 200,000 housing units annually and 4000 acres have so far been identified for the project countrywide. LapFund chairman Amin Ali said the project will be completed in 36 months. He said the proposed development will be a comprehensive sustainable housing project comprising studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units among other facilities. LapFund CEO David Koros said the organization will continue to collaborate with the Government in the construction of affordable houses. He said the move will enable many ordinary people to own decent houses. PS Lands Nixon Korir said the project will go a long way in elevating people’s living standards and livelihoods by providing affordable, safe sustainable and dignified communities. Langata MP Felix Odiwor alias Jalang’o praised the Government’s Housing Project, saying more ordinary Kenyans will own homes.