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Bid for Eldoret city status gathers momentum

A strategic gateway to East Africa and a fast-growing economic centre is one of the unique qualities that Eldoret relies on to establish itself as Kenya’s fifth-largest city.

Eldoret City’s status is evolving as another milestone towards its attainment is underway at the Municipality Social Hall, an ad hoc committee that will interact with members of the public and stakeholders from October 24 until November 9, 2022.

Being the route to Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, and South Sudan, the city and its commercial vibrancy are just some of the attributes that help the agricultural town attract attention.

Upon the introduction of public participation for granting Eldoret city status, Uasin Gishu Governor Jonathan Bii Chelilim confirmed that Eldoret’s uniqueness should be positive for its advancement.

Eldoret is a fast-growing economic hub serving up to eight counties and a gateway to East Africa. These are some of the qualities that give us an advantage,” said Bii, adding that his government is working to meet the set requirements.

Mr. Bii is committed to making Eldoret the cleanest city, improving structural accessibility for people with disabilities, and paving roads and renovating buildings to beautify the city.

He affirmed that he is working with stakeholders, including the national government and the private sector, to develop housing plans to address the problem of informal settlements.

The deputy governor John Barorot said the most important change in Eldoret will be improved services.

Barorot noted that the region is cosmopolitan and very interested in integrating the Kenyan people, including culture, education and health services.

“We want to transform what was once a farmers’ town into one of the most attractive cities in Kenya and its surrounding counties and countries,” he said.

Eldoret Municipality Chairman Julius Kitur and Eldoret City Administrator Tito Koiyet drummed up for city status. They said it will be a game changer for citizens.

Chairman of the Kenyan National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI), Uasin Gishu chair, Willy Kenei, who chairs the committee for city status, said the new status if approved will attract funding and investment.

Other activities that will be carried out by the county government include working with stakeholders to paint buildings for aesthetic appeal, marketing cultural memorabilia to promote heritage, climate change through reforestation, and providing more space for expansion from side lanes to provide spaces for business establishment.

By Judy Too

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