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Governor Bii-Eldoret on Track of Becoming a City

Uasin Gishu Governor Jonathan Bii Chelilim joined the ad hoc committee, Municipality Board Members and the secretariat who are finalizing the preliminary report on conferment to city status.

Governor Bii appreciated the team of experts drawn from various sectors as stipulated in the Urban areas and cities act 2011, to oversee the process and provide adequate advice and credible report to pave way for a successful process of elevation of Eldoret to city status.

Governor Bii appreciated the journey that the Municipality of Eldoret has made since its establishment to the current status where it has demonstrated its preparedness to stand as the fifth city in Kenya.

The county boss urged the team to look into emerging issues focusing on the upcoming state-of-the-art market, the expected new Referral Hospital set to be established, the anticipated infrastructure developments, the expected demand on industrial growth, expanding export market, expansion on boundaries and the opportunities on job creation in the city.

“The future is Urban, hence we need to be well prepared for its impact. This is an opportunity for us to make history and we need to ensure that we execute a well-planned city that is vibrant and all-inclusive in its development choices. Immediately after this, I want us to also focus on upgrading our trading centers to Townships and the current Townships to Municipalities. A case of Mois Bridge, Ziwa, Cheptiret, Burnt Forest, Cheramei and Moiben,” said Governor Bii.

The Chair ad hoc committee Mr. Willie Kenei assured the Governor of a credible report by end of the week that adheres to the stakeholders’ submissions.

“We appreciate your support to the ad hoc committee and the secretariat throughout this process. You led the people and the leadership in the presentation of your submissions as the Governor and this set pace for the people to own the process,” said Mr. Kenei.

The Governor appreciated the team constituted to carry forth the process noting that commitment from each expertise will guarantee a city soon.

Municipal Manager Mr.Tito Koiyet acknowledged that the Municipality was ripe for the status following the services and Infrastructure in the Municipality currently.

“We have every opportunity, not to just be a city but also a smart city, we have the Integrated Development plan to guide our vision, and we look up to exploring a waterfront city through the Sosiani River and putting up a city that will serve future generations. Eldoret city will serve residents from the Northrift region and beyond,” noted Mr. Koiyet.

Municipality Board Vice Chair, Mrs. Beatrice Kemboi assured the Governor of the Board Members’ commitment to the process.

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