Eldoret begins journey to be Kenya’s next city
SEE ALSO :Institute rolls out Sh1.5b strategyThe board will also ensure participation of residents in decision-making as well as in the town’s activities and programmes. This means that the board will set up structures to comply with the Act which specifies conditions for towns to be granted city status. These include infrastructural facilities such as roads, street lighting, markets and fire stations, and an adequate capacity for disaster management. “The charter gives instruments to establish the municipality which will then come up with a framework that will eventually progress to a city status,” said Lands Executive Nelson Maritim. “The law dictates that you need to have municipality offices then eye city status, that is where we are headed as a county,” he said.
SEE ALSO :Kemboi, Jerop win Kass MarathonAccording to Maritim, the charter clearly spells out the composition of the nine-member board. “In the board, we will have the manager doing delegated functions of county executives and departments which will be key in discharging their mandates through solid waste management, traffic and planning, collection of fees among other functions,” he said. The county is expected to gazette the charter this week to give room for the creation of the board. Other towns eyeing city status are Nakuru and Nyeri. However, the President still has to give the final nod before any town is elevated to city status. “The President may, on the resolution of the Senate, confer the status of a city on a municipality that meets the criteria set out in section 5, by grant of a charter in the prescribed form,” states section 5 of the Urban Areas and cities Act.