BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAKURU,1ST,DEC,2021-President Uhuru Kenyatta has officially conferred a City charter to Nakuru becoming Kenya’s fourth City.
Nakuru now joins Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa as Kenya’s cities and will be known as the City of Nakuru.
The Head of State signed and handed over the Instruments of City Conferment to Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui at the rehabilitated Nyayo Gardens.
“The City of Nakuru shall therefore have all the powers, authority, rank and privileges of a city under the laws of Kenya. It shall have all the rights duties and standings of a City provided under the Urban Areas and Cities Act,” said President Kenyatta.
The process of upgrading Nakuru to a city began after the Executive Committee, and the County Assembly of Nakuru placed on record their desire; and the same was approved by the Municipality, the County Executive Committee, and the County Assembly; and was thereafter placed before the Senate.
On 3rd June 2021 the Senate by affirmative resolution gave its approval to the application and recommendation that the Municipal Council of Nakuru be conferred with city status.
The Senate had satisfied itself that all legal criteria had been satisfied and it was fit and proper that the Municipal Council of Nakuru be upgraded to a city.
Ahead of the conferment exercise attended by several national leaders among them former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, the President inaugurated the new Nakuru Disaster Management Centre as well as the rehabilitated Nyayo Gardens.