The Senate devolution committee approves Nakuru to City status

The Senate Devolution Committee has approved Nakuru County’s application to be  elevated to a city status .

Senator Moses Kajwang gave a notice of the motion that will be debated next week in the whole house. If approved by the senate , Nakuru will be on its final lap of being the fourth CITY in the country .

Governor Lee Kinyanjui has been on the forefront in ensuring the town attains the status by revamping major amenities since he took over as the governor .

 The  Senate’s endorsement comes as a big relief to Governor  Lee Kinyanjui as some of the local politicians led by Senator  Susan Kihika, wanted the elevation deferred for another ten years.

The devolution committee in its report said its satisfied that the cosmopolitan municipality has met the minimum criteria for elevation to city status.

Other  entities that were opposed to the city status include Nakuru Business Association, Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Matatu Owners Association and Nakuru Informal Traders.

The former chair of the committee Joseph Kinyua last year  led members of his committee on an inspection tour of various infrastructural facilities within the county . Some of the establishment they toured included upcoming Central Business District Fire Station, Giotto waste disposal site and Nakuru Teaching and Referral hospital.  

Senator Kinyua noted that the elevation would also translate into effective planning of transport systems, education and  waste management and result in increased revenue collection.

The  city will also be able to access loans, donations and grants. President Kenyatta has in the past assured Governor Kinyanjui that he will support the elevation of Nakuru into city status once the legal procedures have been passed.

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