Eldoret municipality is a step away from becoming the fifth Kenyan city after senators supported its elevation pending approval this week.
Senators, while debating the motion to elevate the municipality to city status on Thursday, said there is need to build resilient and sustainable cities that are environmentally clean, green, powered using clean and green energy.
While presenting the report of the Standing Committee on Devolution and Intergovernmental Relations, Richard Onyonka (Kisii) said the municipality of Eldoret had met the requisite requirements for the conferment of a city.
“Eldoret has been in existence since 1953, and is definitely due for an upgrade. Committee was also satisfied with the inspection it carried out. In summary, the committee strongly recommends the conferment of city status to Eldoret municipality,” said Onyonka
Section 5 of the Urban Areas and Cities Act, 2011 outlines the criteria that ought to be met by a municipality to qualify to be upgraded to city Status.
According to the criteria, the municipality should demonstrate that it has a population of at least 250,000 residents, according to the final gazetted results of the last population census carried out by an institution authorized under any written law, preceding the application for grant of city status.
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