Members of the Uasin Gishu County Assembly (MCAs) have asked the county executive to prepare the Eldoret Urban area integrated development plan.
The plan, the MCAs say, should be submitted to the County Assembly for approval.
In a motion moved by Tapsagoi MCA Samuel Choge, the ward reps expressed concerns that the Eldoret Municipal Board was operating without an Integrated Development Plan (IDP) as required by the law.
“The law requires municipalities to operate within the Integrated Development Plan that is the basis for among others preparing environmental plans, valuation rolls for property, and taxation among others,” noted Choge while moving the motion.
“It is a concern that the municipality of Eldoret is now operating without this plan,” he added.
Eldoret Municipality was awarded a charter in 2018, and according to the MCAs, it should now be operating as a semiautonomous body, with its own budget.
“The board is still operating as a subsidiary of the county which makes it difficult to effectively perform its function,” noted the Tapsagoi MCA.
Similar sentiments were shared by Kipkenyo MCA Hillary Rono who noted that for Eldoret town to attain city status, the Urban Area Integrated Development Plan was a must.
“We are saying we want to be a city yet the small issues of the municipality we are yet to fix them. We will not get the city status without the Integrated Development Plan,” said Rono.
He lamented that despite the fact that the Municipal Board had been mandated to handle all issues related to the management of Eldoret town, the Department of Planning was still more powerful.
The MCAs unanimously approved the motion that requires the Department of Lands and Physical Planning to develop the plan and submit it to the assembly for approval.
Currently, the Eldoret Municipal Board is chaired by former councilor Julius Kitur, with Tito Koiyet as the town manager.