President Uhuru Kenyatta has confirmed that the town of Nakuru will be given city status. During his State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Tuesday, November 30, Uhuru confirmed that he would preside over the conferment ceremony on December 1. "As devolution takes root, and as an affirmation of the equitable progress we continue to experience, and in conformity with the Senate's resolution, I shall have the high honour of conferring city status on Nakuru Municipality tomorrow, December 1, 2021. With a reputation as East Africa's cleanest town, all of Kenya looks to Nakuru City to develop in leaps and bounds," Uhuru said.
Uhuru's statements came months after senators approved the city's upgrade bid after years of deliberation. The resolution to elevate the town to a city was supported by all senators present during the debate on June 3, 2021. After a thorough examination by the Senate Devolution and Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang presented a report to the Senate requesting that the town be elevated.
Governor Lee Kinyanjui of Nakuru had lobbied for the elevation, claiming that Nakuru is the country's second-largest contributor to the value of commodities produced. He further said that the town was strategically positioned to serve as a link between major cities. "The municipality also has an approved Integrated Strategic Urban Development Plan (2014–2034) that is currently in force. In addition, the county has implemented efforts to maximize revenue collection. The conference facilities in Nakuru can accommodate a large delegation. Conference facilities are also available at the county headquarters and Nakuru High School," Kinyanjui explained.
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