Nandi County with 346,007 registered voters is an essential vote basket to DP William since the county is considered his stronghold as we head to the August polls. We want to look at how these polls will impact the real estate market in Nandi.
Facts about Nandi
Nandi County has six constituencies which double as sub-counties. There are 30 wards in the county. The majority of people in the county are Nandi, a sub-group of the Kalenjin tribe. The Nandi mainly practices subsistence agriculture and livestock rearing, although more people are turning to cash crop farming growing mostly wheat and tea.
Because of its altitude, Nandi County attracts a huge number of international athletes who come in for practice. They can be frequently seen running up and down the Nandi Hills. The cool wet climate makes Nandi an ideal area for tea, maize, and sugar cane farming. Agriculture is therefore the main economic activity. Dairy animal husbandry is also a major income earner among Nandi County residents.
Places to visit in Nandi
Some of the best places to visit in Nandi include:
- Koitalel Arap Samoei Museum
- Bonjoge National Reserve
- The Nandi Rock
- Kingwal Swamp
- Chepkiit Waterfall
- Keben Salt Lick
- Mberere Shrine
- Sheu Morobi
- Ndalat Hill
Kapsabet is the capital of Nandi County. It hosts a municipal council and divisional headquarters of Kapsabet administrative division. Kapsabet is an agricultural town with its environs a large tea and maize farms as well as a number of horticulture and dairy concerns.
The town has a milk depot operated by New Kenya Cooperative Creameries and the KTDA Chebut Tea Factory. Real estate development has seen substantial growth, particularly since the advent of devolution. Evidence of demand for space in the town is seen through the entry of 11 bank branches and popular retail stores such as Naivas. The town has a total population of 98,000 according to the 2019 population census. Nandi town is also served by several health facilities.
Estates in Nandi
Nandi Real Estate Market
Although the Nandi real estate market is not competitive as in other counties, some areas such as Kapsabet town and Nandi Hills town have experienced a boom in the recent past. There has been a great demand for residential property with the increasing population. The DP William Ruto has promised the residents of Nandi an improved transport network to the rural areas and extensive rural electrification. If implemented this will open up the rural areas for various real property developments such as mixed-use developments, commercial properties, and residential properties.
Hotels in Nandi
Some of the best hotels in Nandi include:
- Pepper Tree Cabin
- Ingalia Villa
- Lukamasia Villa
- Karoit Lake Victoria View Resort
- Starlink Hotel and Guesthouse
- Eden Springs Hotel
- Kounty Logde and Hotel
- Kips Eco Resort
- Blue Hills Hotel Whispering Flames Private Cottages
Roads in Nandi
In 2013, the County Government of Nandi maintained and improved 450 km of earth roads. In 2014, this was increased to over 600 km, while ongoing programs for 2015 will have a total length of 800 km. The County Government has also completed 5km of urban tarmac roads in Kapsabet and Nandi Hills towns, a bus park in Lessos urban center, 5 reinforced concrete bridges, and 25 vented drift culverts across the County.
The County has also installed 40 street and public area lighting in major urban centers with the aim of enabling the County Government to carry out more road maintenance and improvement works so it can quickly respond to emergency works.
Construction Sector in Nandi
Construction of the Nandi co-operative creameries Kabiyet phase 3 is set to commence late this year. In 2021, the auditor general questioned the inability of the Nandi County government to complete 491 projects valued at Sh1.3 billion in the 2018–19 financial year. In her report on counties, she says records indicate that the county government allocated the money for these projects but at the time of the audit, only one project had been completed. Another 110 were in progress and 310 had not started.
Some of the key remaining projects are yet to be completed. DP William Ruto has promised the residents a great change in case elected to the top seat. The pending projects are seen as an important catalyst for the real estate market in Nandi.
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