Eldoret primed to be named Kenya’s fourth city
Eldoret town stands the chance to benefit from more investments and international exposure should a team of experts appointed to determine its suitability for a city status succeed.
The team of experts who were in the Kenya Gazette is expected to gauge whether the municipality of Eldoret town meets the requisite conditions for elevation to city status.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by Article 184 of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, the Governor appoints Leonard Mulongo, Florence Chepchumba, Willy Kenei, Grace Cheptui , Stephen Kipleting, Geoffrey Kiprotich to an adhoc Committee to consider, determine that Municipality of Eldoret meets the requisite criteria for classification as a city,” Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago said in the Kenya Gazette notice.
The new status is expected to spur direct investment, the hospitality sector and will boost demand for agricultural products due to an expected surge in number of investors into the town, should it become a city.
Under the Kenyan law, an urban area will be proclaimed a city if it fulfils several conditions, including having infrastructural facilities, disaster management capacity, integrated development plans and capacity to generate sufficient revenue to sustain operations.
Currently, the county government is installing CCTV cameras to boost investor confidence and position the town for city status.
Eldoret town is currently among the fastest growing town in Kenya with 475,716 people according to 2019 National Census.