NAIROBI, Kenya, December 1 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has conferred city status on the Municipality of Nakuru, making it the fourth largest city in the country after Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.
President Kenyatta said that the municipality will now be called Nakuru City following the elevation and will enjoy all privileges, powers, authority, as well as classification as a city under the laws of Kenya, such as provided for in the Urban Areas and Towns Act 2011 and any applicable laws.
“CONSEQUENTLY, in the exercise of the powers conferred on the Head of State and Government under Article 7 of the Law on Urban Areas and Towns (Law No. 13 of 2011) and all other enabling provisions of the law, I, UHURU KENYATTA, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defense Forces, HEREBY CONFIRM city status on the Municipality of Nakuru, âKenyatta said in a proclamation made Wednesday.
Kenyatta said that the residents of Nakuru expressed their wish to become the municipality of Nakuru in a petition approved by the municipality, the county executive committee and the county assembly before being submitted to the Senate.
The Senate approved the request on June 3, after meeting all required legal criteria.
âAND WHEREAS the Senate, having ensured that all legal criteria had been met and that it was appropriate that the Nakuru Municipal Council be reclassified to town; on June 3, 2021, the Senate, by affirmative resolution, gave its approval to the request and recommendation to confer city status on the Nakuru municipal council, âadded the head of state.
President Kenyatta further said the city status would help create jobs for unemployed youth in the county and result in improved living standards.
Kenyatta stressed the need for peace in the country starting with the fact that it is only through harmony that the economic growth of the country will be achieved.
âPeace is the surest way to end the problems we face as a country,â Kenyatta said.
During her State of the Nation address on Tuesday, Kenyatta defended her administration by saying she had awakened the sleeping giants of the country.
âFormerly, sleepy cities have now come back to life by driving not only large infrastructure projects but also increasing tangible household savings for ordinary Kenyans,â Kenyatta said.
Despite qualms that there still exists a gap in ensuring a fair share of revenues between the national government and the county governments, Kenyatta said his government for the past 8 years has had structures rooted in devolution.
âMy administration has laid a solid and solid foundation for decentralized systems of government, a foundation that has the potential to infinitely multiply the economic fundamentals of our countries’ economies,â he said.
While granting Nakuru’s request, the Senate Chamber adopted a report from the Committee on Decentralization and Intergovernmental Relations which paved the way for the rise of Nakuru town.
âWith its reputation as the cleanest city in East Africa. All Kenyans are looking forward to the growth of the city of Nakuru by leaps and bounds, âKenyatta said on Tuesday.
The lack of clear guidelines in the Urban Areas and Cities Act 2011 delayed the elevation of the municipality to the city.
The 2011 Law on Urban Areas and Towns provides for the procedure for establishing various categories of urban areas, their management and functions, but there are no guidelines for the elevation of municipalities to the rank of towns. .
The Ministry of Devolution was forced to fill in the gaps, including drafting documents, never before issued to other cities in the country, to comply with the law.
Nakuru Municipality, having achieved the population size requirement, is now expected to generate sufficient income to support its operations.
It will also be expected to have key infrastructure development and must have an integrated urban area or city development plan, officials said.