Nakuru residents have okayed the Nakuru Municipality to become Kenya’s fourth City.
At the same time, Governor Lee Kinyanjui has hinted of the expansion of the City-to-be boundaries to include adjacent estates.
He highlighted estates like Kiamunyi, Lanet and Mawanga that would ultimately benefit from the development funding set aside for Nakuru City.
In September 2017, the Cabinet approved the elevation of Nakuru and Eldoret municipalities to Cities.He was speaking on Tuesday when he received a public participation report on the envisaged City status.
The City status ad-hoc committee chairman Mr. John Kitilit said a majority of the stakeholders were for the City status but wary of increased levies and taxes.
“Majority of Nakuru residents are ready for the City status, but wary of increased levies and taxes” said Kitilit.
He added that residents, among them politicians, were skeptical on the conferment citing infrastructural unpreparedness.
Governor Lee Kinyanjui said his was to progressively solve emerging issues among them having a sustainable development funding model.
Nakuru Municipality chairman Lawrence Karanja refuted claims of an arbitrary increase in taxes and rising cost of living once Nakuru attains City status.
He said a variation in the charges must be approved by the County Assembly of Nakuru before taking effect.Governor Lee said his office would present the finding to the local Assembly for a debate before handing it to the Senate.
“From here, we shall be presenting the report to the county assembly and then Senate” said Kinyanjui.
Kinyanjui is optimistic that the document would be passed and handed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to confer the City status later in the year.
The Governor said his office was committed to seeing locals appreciate the City status value by having meaningful development footprint.
PHOTO/NGPU: Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui(Left)receives public participation report from City status ad-hoc committee chairman Mr. John Kitilit.