The town of Kitengela was elevated to the rank of municipality.
The occasion to deliver the charter to the city was held at the DO grounds, Kitengela, and was graced by former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and Governor of Kajiado, Joseph ole Lenku.
Governor Joseph ole Lenku said Kitengela town’s new status will provide him with a platform to achieve better infrastructure, water service provision, boost self-employment and job opportunities for residents in more to inaugurate the management of solid and liquid waste.
“We will put in place highly competitive incentives which will include granting tax exemptions to investors whose establishments provide at least twenty employment opportunities to local residents,” Lenku said.
He said a framework will be established to identify the types of county levies and tax exemptions that can be extended to investors.
The new urban status will also ensure the creation of special economic zones, which will make Kitengela vibrant.
“The zoning plan prepared by the Nairobi Metropolitan needs to be implemented. Zones identified as investment zones are created. Areas like the national park edge designated for conference investments will be helped to get off the ground immediately,” Lenku said.
Ole Lenku also noted that the municipality will be immediately enlisted with the State Department of Urban and Metropolitan Development and agencies such as the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) and the Bank-funded Kenya Urban Support Development Program (KUSDP). worldwide to ensure immediate benefits. road improvement programs.
The Governor further disclosed that the feeder roads leading to the new Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) station will be improved to facilitate travel to the station and encourage the use of the SGR.
The city of Kitengela, which has a population of 230,000, will now say goodbye to perennial water shortages and poor waste management by adapting to its new status.
Cyrus Mbisi, Chairman of the Town Planners Section of the Architectural Association of Kenya, hailed the step taken by the Kajiado government and urged other county governments to upgrade towns that have acquired the threshold to become municipalities.
Kitengela Municipality Chairman Julius ole Ntayia has promised to work with the people of Kitengela to ensure they reap all the benefits of the municipality.
“As president of the municipality, I want to thank everyone who made this possible, especially the governor. We will meet the people of Kitengela and establish their needs and priorities to ensure they benefit,” said Ole Ntayia.
Kitengela becomes the third town in Kajiado County to be upgraded to municipal status after Kajiado and Ngong’.