Twelve years ago, the Government embarked on a project that would enhance the enjoyment of the right to affordable and accessible housing through the Kibera Soweto slum upgrading project. The initiative, housed under the Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development aimed at constructing low cost housing for slum dweller to improve their living standards. Construction of the first phase of the project was completed in 2015.
However, at the onset of the home balloting process, a group of residents protested the allocation and thus went to court with a petition seeking to have the process stopped until a transparent allocation process is spelt out. And thus, as the national Constitutional custodian and protector of human rights and freedoms articulated in Chapter 4 of the 2010 Constitution, KNCHR was on January 5th 2016 appointed an arbiter to oversee the house allocation process.
The Commission thus embarked on meetings with various stakeholders in the project and scrutiny of over 2000 files at the Ministry of Housing to ensure the principles of public participation, accountability and transparency in the allotment process were adhered to.
Finally, on March 22nd 2016, following two months of stakeholder meeting and thorough scrutiny of over 2000 files at Ministry of Lands, 691 beneficiaries successfully balloted for their homes. A presidential ceremony is awaited to officially hand over the keys to residents as they start a new life.