Nakuru, a town in the northwest of Nairobi, is set to become Kenya’s fourth city after Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu.
On Thursday, the Senate’s Standing Committee on Devolution and Intergovernmental Relations report elevating Nakuru’s status was overwhelmingly approved by Senators.
Out of 40 Senators who attended the session, 38 voted to approve it and two opposed.
The Rift Valley town had met the legal threshold as provided for in the Urban Areas and Cities Act of 2019, said the committee chair Senator Moses Kajwang’.
Nakuru also can generate enough revenue to sustain its operation at 54 percent of the total County revenue in the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 financial years.
“On the population quota, the committee found that the municipality has a population of 392,587 as of 2019, surpassing the 250,000 mark set in the Act. It has also come up with a spatial development framework 2014-2034,” said Kajwang’.
The municipality has further demonstrated capacity to deliver services through ten-county departments’ key such as health, disaster management, land, roads, social services, etc.
After the approval, the report is expected to be handed over to President Uhuru Kenyatta to give the nod.