The MoU will see the development of 400 housing units comprising of 1 to 3 bedrooms on 50 acres, a vocational school on 10 acres, an industrial park on 50 acres as well as restaurants, shopping mall, clinic and other recreational sites, in Sentema located only 13 kms from the Kampala Northern By-Pass.The construction of these housing units will be done by Gouji company.
While officiating at the MoU signing ceremony, Bugamda Kingdom Katikkiro, Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga said that to gauge the level of development of a country, you only need to look at how people live (decent living).
He therefore applauded the financial support from Housing Finance which will the of Uganda to be enable to access to funds for the purpose of acquiring housing units in the newly established Sentema project. He however said that here is need to focus on quality housing.
“Even with adequate financing in the housing sector, there is need to focus on the quality of housing. The partnership with Housing Finance and Gouji will make sure the issue of quality the community deserves is addressed,” Mayiga said.
He appealed to government to ensure extension of social services including electricity, water and roads to areas where housing units are going to be constructed.
Speaking at the event which took place at Bulange-Mengo, the CEO of Buganda Land Board, Omuk.Simon Kabogoza said that after the Kabaka of Buganda tasked BLB to seek for partnerships to focus on decent accommodation for low income earners, it looked into the interests of the people in the community and have come up with partners to develop a housing scheme in Sentema.
He said that back in 2018, Buganda Land Board signed up with a Chinese company called Gouji to establish the housing scheme on a 50 Acre land in Sentema in Wakiso district.
“After reviewing the partners, we signed a contract with Gouji company to develop 444 housing units on a 50 Acre piece of land in Sentema. We started with 7 sample houses, they will followed with 100 houses in 3 types including 1,2,3 bed roomed houses” he said
Housing Finance Bank Managing Director, Mr.Michael Mugabi said that the partnership is inline with the bank’s purpose of enabling home ownership and financial independence.
He noted that in order for Uganda to address the housing deficit challenge, there is need to focus on contributing to the supply of housing units at affordable rates.
“The quest for decent accommodation with the growing population needs to be addressed through contributing to the supply of affordable housing units. We need to synergize inorder to manage the challenges that have existed in the housing sector,” Mugabi said.
He added that Housing Finance will focus on offering affordable mortgage rates that he said will go up to 10 years of repayment.
Wendy Shen, the Mnaging Director D of Gouji Company applauded the support from Buganda Land Board, and Housing Finance in ensuring the construction of Sentema scheme with affordable housing units.