AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE CAUSES OF DELAYS IN GOVERNMENT HOUSING CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS:

ABSTRACT
Majority of governments housing construction projects in Kenya and most developing
countries do not get completed within the initially set targets of time, cost and also
quality. Delays in projects are seen to frustrate the process of development and also have
an immeasurable cost to the members of the public at large. With this regard, it has
become of paramount importance to investigate the causes of delays so as to improve the
construction industry performance and enable it to achieve the objectives.
This research study aimed at investigating the causes of delays in government housing
construction projects. The specific objectives of the study were; to investigate the causes
of delays in government housing construction projects, to analyze the impacts of delays
in government housing construction projects and to make recommendations on how to
address these delays in government housing construction projects.
The researcher reviewed literature of books, journals, articles and unpublished reports on
the topic. The research study employed a case study approach with NHC being the
research case study chosen. The samples were chosen randomly. Primary data was
collected through questionnaires and interviews.
The research study found that major delays in government housing construction projects
were caused by construction finance. Both the officials from NHC and contractors
respondents indicated that construction finance was the major delay causing variable. The
contractors also observed that having many signatories to authorize payment of interim
certificates further compounded the problem of construction finance as this affected the
performance of the contractor. Delays in government housing construction projects were
found to impact negatively on cost performance, time performance and quality of the
final product.
The study recommended that the government introduces housing infrastructure bonds.
These are bonds issued by the government to get funds that will be used to finance
housing construction projects. Also, the number of signatories required to authorize
payment to the contractor should be reduced.
 

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