The senate standing committee on labor, has halted Nakuru county’s bid to obtain city status after claims, that the county government was rounding up and abandoning street children in Chemasusu forest.
The committee chaired by the Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja, has recommended that the senate pauses the process of confirmation of the city status, until the county demonstrates measures to correct the matter.
Senators who also made remarks on the report are asking the Directorate of Criminal Investigations for two months of investigations and recommendations for persecutions of perpetrators of the crime.
The former chairperson of the standing senate committee on devolution John Kinyua has promised the speeding up of the process of making Nakuru a city after a meeting with governor Lee Kinyanjui.
The Laikipia Senator Kinyua said the county had met all the legal requirements needed for the elevation which included, disaster preparedness, health, waste management, revenue collection, population and infrastructure among many others.
Speaking at the construction site of a new fire station at the heart of Nakuru Central Business District during a tour of the region, Kinyua said it was fair to hasten the process once they went back to Senate.
“Justice delayed is justice denied and I feel the Senate should do what is necessary to let it be a city,” he said.
The team visited the Nakuru Dumping Site, Nakuru County Referral Hospital, Nyayo Gardens which is under rehabilitation, new fire station and the airport at Lanet Barracks.
Kinyua said he was greatly impressed by the Sh160 million ultra-modern new fire station which is at 40 per cent completion stage and the expansion of county hospital.