President Uhuru Kenyatta will today, 1st December 2021, award a city charter to Nakuru town, making it the forth city in the country. Nakuru now joins Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu in this elevated status within the borders of our country. It has also been reported that the the Head of State will further launch the renovated Nakuru to Kisumu railway line and flag off the affordable housing project.
The Senate had sanctioned Nakuru Municipality’s application for promotion to city status this year though lack of clear guidelines in the Urban Areas and Cities Act 2011 on the allocation of a city standing has caused the delay in the granting of the charter several months after the approval.
The Senate committee that scrutinised the city cited that the local revenue produced over the past three fiscal years showed that the town had potential to support its own operations.
Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui
Interestingly Nairobi has been dubbed as the city under the sun, while Mombasa is a city by the shores of an ocean as Kisumu is a city by the lakeside and now Nakuru may be referred as the city on the floor of the Rift Valley.
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