- As required by law, the report will now be forwarded to the Senate where if approved will be forwarded to President William Ruto for assent.
- The motion to approve the report at the assembly was moved by Amos Kiptanui who is MCA Racecourse ward.
Uasin Gishu County Assembly has approved a report recommending the elevation of Eldoret town to city status.
The report was prepared by an Ad hoc Committee chaired by the chamber of commerce chairman in the region Dr Willy Kenei.
The report had been forwarded to the assembly by Uasin Gishu Governor Jonathan Bii after he received it from the ad-hoc committee a month ago.
The report on conferment of the town to City status now paves way for Eldoret to be elevated to the 5th City in Kenya after Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, and Kisumu.
As required by law, the report will now be forwarded to the Senate where if approved will be forwarded to President William Ruto for assent.
The motion to approve the report at the assembly was moved by Amos Kiptanui who is MCA Racecourse ward.
"We have looked at the report and are satisfied that Eldoret is ripe for city status. If elevated it will transform the economy of the entire North Rift Region," he said.
Isaac Chirchir who is Soy MCA while seconding the motion said that Eldoret has exceeded all the legal requirements for elevation to City Status.
Deputy speaker Sarah Malel presided over the session and said the ad-hoc committee had done a thorough job by collecting views from all stakeholders as required by law.
During two weeks of hearing by the ad-hoc committee in Eldoret, more than 209 stakeholders presented their views out of whom 99 percent approved the elevation.
Governor Jonathan Bii while receiving the report said the town which has a population of more than a million people had all the required facilities to be elevated to city status.
"We have all the necessary infrastructure and other requirements for city status and if apprised we will be able to attract more investors to our town and create jobs for our youth," Bii said.
The governor hopes the town will be awarded the charter for city status by President William Ruto in August when the town will host this year's devolution conference.