Efforts to have Eldoret town be named the fourth Kenya's city has gained momentum after Governor Jonathan Bii's latest move.
Aerial view of Eldoret town. Photo/Courtesy
The governor has closed down the Eldoret main retail market and relocated traders to Multimillion world bank funded markets; Huruma and Kapseret which had been rejected by the traders as they claimed that they were not centrally placed.
The markets that were build more than 10 years ago were meant to dicongest Eldoret town, however they have been idling for all this long period. The Governor's move is to clear the town as he paves way for the City status.
Bii explained that it was not making any sense for the over 4000 traders to scramble for 900 spaces at the Eldoret retail market yet there were markets idling.
The governor further revealed plans to have a huge market that will be able to accommodate all traders as the efforts to decongest the town continue.
Should Eldoret be named a city, it will be the fourth after Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, and Nakuru which was elevated in 2022.
Some of the requirements considered before a town is elevated to a city status include availability of infrastructural facilities like roads, street lighting, markets, fire stations, waste disposal and disaster management capacity.
They must also have integrated development plans and demonstrate capacity to generate sufficient revenue to sustain operations.
According to the act, the town intending to be elevated must also have demonstrable good system and records of prudent management and capacity to effectively and efficiently deliver essential services to residents.
The urban areas must also have populations of at least 500,000 residents as per the final gazetted results of the last population census.
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