Kenya’s 5th president’s home town,set to be Country’s 5th city!


“Senate Standing Committee on Devolution and Inter-government
Relation on Wednesday approved the conferment of city status to
Eldoret Municipality”.


The Eldoret Municipal Board says the town will provide increased
investment opportunities  once it is granted  city status slated for
early next year.

A member of the board Richard Omanyala says they have carried out a
survey that will be used to market the town as Kenya’s 5th city and
the opportunities that will be available.

The Senate Standing Committee on Devolution and Inter-government
Relation on Wednesday approved the conferment of city status to
Eldoret Municipality.

The county now awaits the presidential assent to be able to take up
the coveted status which promises improved economic development and
attraction of investors and visitors.

According to the findings of the Senate Standing Committee on
Devolution and Intergovernmental Relations, the municipality met all
requirements required for elevation of status with a population of
300,000 which surpasses the required 250,000.

The county has also demonstrated its capacity and potential in revenue
generation and collection which the committee explains that Eldoret
could sustain its operation as per the criteria set in the relevant

Eldoret, which is the headquarters of Uasin Gishu County, is also home
to the fifth President of the country, William Ruto.

Omanyala asked the  university graduates and young investors to
be ready to seize the available business opportunities in Eldoret town
which is also gearing up for  24 hour business operations.

Omanyala further implored upon the young people to be creative enough
by venturing into small business that can empower them socially and

Omunya who is also the chairman of Kenya alliance of Residents
Association Uasin Gishu chapter  spoke yesterday when he presided over
the opening of state of the art MJays parlor in the town’s central
business district established by a university graduate Aisha Ambe.

With the shrinking of white collar jobs in the country, I am urging
you  to grab the conducive business environment that exists in Eldoret
town to venture into viable income generating businesses so that you
can reap the benefits of city status,” said Omanyala.

Many young people, he noted, were falling into depression after
realizing that white collar jobs they had been banking on after
completing their university and college studies were not available.

Speaking at the event Ms Ambe who is a trained beautician by
profession said that she plans to open up other branches in North Rift
towns of Nandi, Kitale, and Turkana to create more job opportunities
for young people.

“I opened this business in Eldoret town because I feel there is a gap
in the beauty industry and felt it was up to me to fill it. We offer
barber services, massage and various services that women and men can
enjoy,” she said.

She said that her main aim is to offer private services for private
people and also as the town inches towards getting city status, there
was an urgent need for a spa that serves people with the
professionalism they deserve.

“Currently we are doing 7am-7pm but we are looking forward to making
it a 24-hour service in the long run,” said Ambe.

According to Ambe, other services being  offered at the newly opened
facility include Indian head massage, couple massage, Moroccan bath
Russian manicure, facial steamer, the Swedish and deep tissue

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