In Summary
  • The endorsement of the report is a big win for Mr Kinyanjui who has been pushing for the elevation of the municipality.

  • Ms Kihika has been poking holes on the leadership of Mr Kinyanjui since 2017 while Mr Ngunjiri fell out with the governor.  

The passing of a procedural motion to pave way for the elevation of Nakuru Municipality to city status might be Governor Lee Kinyanjui’s first major score in his ambitious development agenda.

His other flagship project - the revival of pyrethrum production is yet to gather full steam while his other pet project, the construction of an international airstrip at Lanet, is yet to take off.

Although the idea to elevate Nakuru town to city status was mooted by the national government, Governor Kinyanjui has done everything to ensure the dream is realised. 

ELEVATION

The successful passing of the motion by the 78- member assembly on November 6 is a sign of a new working relationship between the assembly and the executive.

 “The passing of the report on the application for the elevation of Nakuru town to city status is just the first in our several development plans to ensure Governor Kinyanjui delivers his promises to Nakuru County residents,” said nominated MCA Elizabeth Gichuki.

The endorsement of the report is a big win for Mr Kinyanjui who has been pushing for the elevation of the municipality.

However, it has not been a walk in the park as Governor Kinyanjui had to brave sharp criticisms and opposition from local politicians led by Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika and MPs David Gikaria (Nakuru East) and Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati).

The trio has proposed the deferment of the elevation of Nakuru Town to city status for 10 years.

Ms Kihika, who is eying the Nakuru governor seat, has been poking holes on the leadership of Mr Kinyanjui since 2017 while Mr Ngunjiri fell out with the governor.  

SUCCESSION POLITICS

Mr Ngunjiri is the Deputy President William Ruto pointman in Nakuru while Mr Kinyanjui is a close ally of President Uhuru Kenyatta and has remained noncommittal in the 2022 succession politics.

With the elevation of the municipality to city status, the Central Business District will have a facelift. The demolition of makeshift stalls at the CBD in Nakuru East will render hundreds of small scale trader jobless.

However, the devolved unit has moved to allay fears of job losses to the small scale traders and has acquired a three-acre plot at the Kenya Railways where a modern bus park will be constructed.

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