Kenya is only home to four cities namely Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and the recently approved city status Nakuru. The Urban Areas and Cities Act 2011 requires any urban area that seeks a city status to have at least 250,000 residents, prove capability to deliver efficiently essential services to residents, have infrastructure facilities and demonstrate capacity to generate sufficient revenue to sustain the area's operations.
In September 2019, the cabinet approved elevation of Nakuru and Eldoret towns to cities. Nakuru town has been already identified by the fastest growing town in East and central Africa. The parliament also amended the Urban Areas and Cities Act of 2011, which lightened the requirements for a town to achieve a city status. The amendment reduced the population requirement for a city from 500, 000 people to 250,000. While a town only requires 100, 000 people. On population requirement, Nakuru and Eldoret towns have
President Kenyatta will this Wednesday declare Nakuru a city charter, five months after the Senate approved bid to elevate its status. Governor Lee Kinyanjui on Saturday noted that the town will this week be declared a city after waiting it for four years. “I am happy to tell the residents of Nakuru that the town will now be declared a city on December 1.
It will be a privilege to Nakuru county after Uhuru Kenyatta announced that he will award a honour to Nakuru town to become a city. Uhuru announced Nakuru will join Kisumu, Mombasa, and Nairobi as a city when he addressed the country on Tuesday. "I will have the honor of awarding City Status on Nakuru Municipality tomorrow."
Nakuru town has for quite a long period of time been raising concerns as people wondered why it wasn't a city. This happened as it emerged to be a big town more than some cities like Kisumu however, it wasn't being approved to be a city.