Eldoret Town Now Two Steps Away To Being a City

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The process of elevating Eldoret from a town to a city is now headed to the final stages.

This follows the appointment of an Ad hoc committee that has been mandated to provide a comprehensive report which will form the basis of conferment to city status for Eldoret town.

The committee comprises members drawn from the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK), the Kenya Institute of Planners (KIP), the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) the association of urban areas and cities, and Certified Public Accountants (CPA).

Members of the committee recently held a meeting with Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno.

Chemno during a meeting with members of the Ad hoc committee at the county headquarters chambers on June 6, 2022.

Chemno notes that with the Ad hoc committee in place, Eldoret is now two steps toward being the country’s fifth city after Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, and Nakuru.

The committee will draft a report that will be submitted to the County Assembly for approval or rejection. We believe it will be approved,” the deputy county boss told Uasin Gishu News.

Once the report is approved, it will be taken to Senate before the decision is taken to the President who then will confer Eldoret with a city charter,” he added.

Chemno is upbeat that the County Government of Uasin Gishu has put in place sufficient measures that prepare the town for city status.

Aerial view of part of Eldoret town.

We have everything that is required to be a city. The arboretum is now in place, a fire fighting department has been established and an airport is already there,” the DG said.

He also noted that they are working on improving water services with several ongoing water projects to address water shortages as well as improve sewerage services.

We have complied with all the requirements. We only expect government agencies to go through the report and approve the elevation,” Chemno said.

And with what looks like the elevation taking long to materialize, the deputy governor has challenged the ad hoc committee to hasten the process of finalizing the report and forward it to the County Assembly soonest.

Members of the Ad hoc committee pose for a photo with Chemno at Uasin Gishu County headquarters after a meeting on June 6, 2022.

But with the adjournment of the National Assembly and Senate in sine die, Chemno expects the process to be concluded by the end of the year.

I would expect by the end of this year, we will be a city, assuming all departments do their work, or by early next year,” Chemno said.

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