Legislators oppose ‘speedy’ elevation of Nakuru to City

The process of elevating Nakuru to city may hit a snag after Nakuru legislators caucus presented a report that indirectly rejects the process which they term as pure public relation.

The report that was on Monday presented to the ad-hoc committee that is collecting views from members of the public on city status process cited various issues that are yet to be addressed before Nakuru can gain the city status.

According to Nakuru legislators, Nakuru still faces challenges of storm water drainage, solid waste management, lack of proper cemetery and a cremation, health facilities and ambulances, poor economic planning, Poor structure for SMEs and Industries, poor public transport sector system, water sewerage and sanitation.

Other areas that the legislators raised concern on the process include lack of proper public participation and its timelines with legislators arguing that members of the public have not had enough time to air their views on the elevation of city status.

The report that was prepared by all the Nakuru Legislators was tabled to the John Kitilit-led committee by Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika who was accompanied by Nakuru Town East MP David Gikaria and his Bahati counterpart Onesmus Kimani Ngunjiri.

Through the report, the Nakuru legislators have challenged the county government of Nakuru to address the challenges that Nakuru is facing before talking of the compliance to become a city.

The leaders are calling for a joint deliberation among stakeholders on the way forward for Nakuru Municipality becoming a city and that the process should be given up to 10 years to deliberate on the same and ensure all measures are in place.

“Majority hold the view that the county government has not given sufficient information on the impact of Nakuru becoming a city. The above challenges should be addressed before we even dream of becoming a city” stated the leaders in their recommendation read by Senator Kihika.

Nakuru Town East MP David Gikaria who attended the session raising concerns on the security status arguing that there is need for more police stations in Nakuru Municipality.

The MP also took issue with Members of the County assembly whom he claimed might be compromised when the report shall be tabled.

He cautioned the county assembly legislators against being compromised to pass reports without understanding their impact.

“We know the report will land at the Senate but also at the county assembly, but we are worried with the way our MCAs behave. They should not be compromised to pass the report without reading the recommendations” said Gikaria.

Sentiments echoed by his Bahati Counterpart Onesmus Kimani Ngunjiri.

The vocal MP who is also the chair Nakuru Legislators’ caucus calling on the Kitilit –led ad-hoc committee to go through the report presented and make conclusion depending on the recommendations the MPs had made.

“We are not opposed to the City status but we are saying let there be engagement among stakeholders. As legislators we have participated so as committee go through the report and call us again” said Ngunjiri.

Their insights coming barely a week after Nakuru Street Traders and Hawkers Association presented a petition to the ad-hoc committee stating similar concerns.

The ad hoc committee on the elevation of Nakuru was constituted and mandated to collect public views.The committee will then write a report with recommendations that will be tabled in the county assembly as well as Senate.

PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Nakuru Legislators Senator Susan Kihika,MPs David Gikaria(Nakuru Town East) and Kimani Ngunjiri(Bahati) when they presented their report to the ad-hoc committee on city status.