On Thursday, October 5th, Governor Jonathan Bii appeared before the Senate to defend and persuade them to approve the report.
Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, and Nakuru have been elevated to city status.
With approval, Eldoret – a city known for its athletic vibe and its rich agricultural land – will be the country’s fifth city.
A section of the town residents have expressed their optimism with the expected Elevation.
Irine, a businesswoman in the busty town of Eldoret hopes the new status will attract more local and international investors into the North Rift business Hub.
“Our business community will greatly benefit from this elevation. It will attract international and local investors in equal measure. This will create more employment opportunities for our youth and boost our sales,” she stated.
However some of the residents are skeptical with the elevation status claiming the move will attract more government taxes.
Nicodemus Kibet, a bodaboda rider, hopes the county leadership will improve the road network and enhance the town’s cleanliness.
”Before the senate approves Eldoret as a city, we request the National government to inspect and maintain the town’s infrastructure and cleanliness ”. he said.
The County leadership hopes to grow the county vertically by avoiding the creation of another six municipalities in the suburbs of Eldoret town in order to protect arable land from commercial development.
Once the committee’s report is approved, it will be sent to the president for conferment of the city’s status.