In Summary
  • Nakuru and Eldoret towns have been earmarked for elevation to city status.
  • The Nakuru county administration has also roped in the county assembly to help prepare the town for its new status.
  • Under the new law, the number of inhabitants required for a city has been reduced by half to 250,000 people.

Nakuru’s journey to a city status has received a major boost after President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the Urban Areas and Cities (Amendment) Bill 2017.

The new law now paves way for creation of two more cities in Kenya besides the capital Nairobi.

Already, Nakuru and Eldoret towns, which are considered the third and fourth largest urban centres in the country, have been earmarked for elevation to city status.

A day after the President signed the law, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui also signed the Municipal Charter that will enable Nakuru attain city status.

While signing the charter at his offices in Milimani estate on Wednesday evening, Governor Kinyanjui revealed that the journey to city status is almost complete and plans are in top gear.

DEBATE

The Nation has learnt that the county administration has also roped in the county assembly to help prepare the town for its new status.

“We will now present the Municipal Charter document to the Nakuru County Assembly where it will be debated on before it is taken to the Senate for further approval,” revealed Governor Kinyanjui.

The law signed by the President gave county governments the authority to review the criteria provided for classifying an area as a city, municipality, town or market centre.

INHABITANTS

Under the new law, the number of inhabitants required for a city has been reduced by half to 250,000 people.

Nakuru’s population stood at about 800,000 according to the 2009 census.

Besides population size, for an urban area to be classified as a city, it should demonstrate capacity to generate sufficient revenue to sustain its operations and have key infrastructures.

The town must also have an integrated urban area or city development plan.

Already, Mr Kinyanjui has stepped up an ambitious push to ensure Nakuru town matches city status.

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