Kenya Gets Another 4th Largest City

KEY POINTS

  • Nakuru residents were elated on Tuesday after President Uhuru Kenyatta promised to confer their town to the city level.
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta made these sentiments during his State of the Nation Address on Tuesday, confirming that he would preside over the ceremony on Wednesday, December 1.
  • As a result, Nakuru is set to officially become the fourth Kenyan city after Mombasa, Kisumu and Nairobi.

Nakuru residents were elated on Tuesday after President Uhuru Kenyatta promised to confer their town to the city level.

President Uhuru Kenyatta made these sentiments during his State of the Nation Address on Tuesday, confirming that he would preside over the ceremony on Wednesday, December 1.

As a result, Nakuru is set to officially become the fourth Kenyan city after Mombasa, Kisumu and Nairobi.

“As devolution takes root and as an affirmation of the equitable development we continue to enjoy and in keeping with the resolution of the Senate, I will tomorrow, December 1, 2021, have the high privilege of conferring on Nakuru Municipality, city status

“Nakuru City will join Kisumu, Mombasa and Nairobi as cities and with reputation as East Africa’s cleanest town, all of Kenya looks to Nakuru City growing in leaps and bounds,” said president Uhuru.

The president made these sentiments in the wake of approval by the senators to make Nakuru a city following years of push and pulls.

The motion was earlier presented to the senate and debated on 3rd June 2021 where all the senators supported the proposal to elevate it into a city.

Specifically, the motion was brought to the floor of the house by Machakos senator Moses Kajwang’ following a good scrutiny by the Senate Devolution and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.

On his side, Nakuru governor Lee Kinyajui highly welcomed the idea as he insisted that Nakuru deserved the honor since it was amongst the highest in terms of production of goods and services in the country, adding that it was strategically positioned with regards to major Kenyan cities.

“The municipality also has an approved Integrated Strategic Urban Development Plan (2014-2034) that is currently in force. The county has also put in place measures to optimally collect more revenue

“Nakuru has the conference facilities capable of hosting a large delegation. The county headquarters and Nakuru High School also have conference facilities,” posed the governor.

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