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Why Nakuru is yet to become a City

Nakuru City would be a reference point for other cities in the country; including Kisumu and Mombasa that have been elevated but have never received the charter.

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Lack of clear guidelines in the Urban Areas and Cities Act – 2011 on the awarding of a City status charter has delayed the granting of Nakuru Municipality a City status, three months after the Senate approved the elevation bid.

The Act provides for the procedure on the establishment of the various categories of urban areas and cities, their management and functions but does not provide for the form of a model City status charter to be granted to Municipalities.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui said Nakuru County residents were hopeful that President Uhuru Kenyatta would sign and award the City status charter this August but the lack of the statutory basis to conform with the provisions of the Act delayed the process.

He was speaking at the County headquarters when he received prerequisite crucial documents formulated by a national government inter-agency team drawn from the Ministry of Devolution and ASALs and the State Counsel Office.

Nakuru County Attorney, Caleb Nyamwange said Nakuru City would be a reference point for other cities in the country; including Kisumu and Mombasa that have been elevated but have never received the charter.

Mr Patrick Karanja, the acting Director of Inter-Governmental Relations, Ministry of Devolution and ASALs said the inter-agency team had developed the first-ever draft City charter, citation and conferment report to guide the conferment process.

Ms Pauline Muriithia, the Chief State Counsel in the Ministry of Devolution and ASALs said the line Minister, Eugene Wamalwa, would this week handover the draft charter to Attorney General Kihara Kariuki for clearance before it’s handed to Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua who will, in turn, present it to the President for signing.

Governor Kinyanjui stated that his administration is committed to have things right from the onset such as better urban planning for economic growth and to avert mushrooming of slums, as is within other Cities in Kenya and abroad.

He called for a change of mindset among residents in the management and ownership of the City adding that the County Government of Nakuru was exploring legal provisions to expand the City beyond the old Nakuru Municipality boundaries.

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Nakuru City Board issues new guidelines to dwellers, building owners

Persons with illegal developments such as kiosks and car washes on road reserves will be required to relocate to formally designated and user compatible areas and those not in compliance removed within a hundred (100) days.

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Nakuru City Management board has issued a notice to building owners and the general public on strict guidelines within the city.

In a notice dated January 20, 2022 issued by Nakuru city manager Mr Gitau Thabanja, building owners are required to paint premises and ensure they are well maintained including ensuring rain water gutters are fixed as well as remove obstructive materials such as billboards, placards and posters on walkways to ensure safe and free movement.

All building owners are also expected to ensure proper disposal of garbage from their premises and that none finds its way into public designated spaces.

Persons with illegal developments such as kiosks and car washes on road reserves will be required to relocate to formally designated and user compatible areas and those not in compliance removed within a hundred (100) days.

At the same time, all taxis, motorcycles and tuk tuk owners should ensure their automobiles are located in their designated pick up areas. All building owners to ensure drainage around their premises comply with the Public Health Act.

All hawkers and street vendors especially those operating along the highway (A104), Kenyatta Avenue and East Road are required to relocate to designated markets while all vehicles should be parked on designated spaces and not on pedestrian walkways and pavements.

All owners of developments that do not comply with the building code, relevant bylaws and do not have the relevant approvals must regularize the said development by submitting their applications within ninety (100) days for scrutiny and subsequent approval to the City Board of Nakuru.

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Maalim sends stern warning to hate mongers as he takes over as Rift Valley Regional Commissioner

Maalim also used the moment to assure locals in the region that there shall be total peace ahead, during and after general polls.

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Hate mongers in the Rift Valley Region have been put on notice.

Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Mohammed Ahmed Maalim says he will not tolerate the same.

Speaking after holding a meeting with county commissioners under the Rift Valley Region, Maalim said he understands the task ahead of him.

He commended his predecessor George Natembeya for the tremendous work he did in the Region before his resignation to venture into politics.

While noting the security challenges in some of the counties in the region, the new Regional Commissioner was categorical that through proper coordination and collaboration all will be well.

“I know the tray is full but I am ready for the task ahead.War and hate mongers in this Region let them be warned that as a government we shall not tolerate such” he said.

Maalim also used the moment to assure locals in the region that there shall be total peace ahead, during and after general polls.

The immediate former Makueni county Commissioner takes over from Natembeya who has declared interest in the Trans Nzoia Gubernatorial seat.

 

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IDPs call for establishment of special court to handle hate mongers

He said that the government ought to establish special courts to try the hatemongers, fueling anxiety in the country and creating tension.

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As the country commenced the last  enhanced voter registration exercise ahead of the general election, IDPs Network in the country have embarked on an exercise to ensure the majority of their members have the cards to make choices of the leaders they wish to transform their lives.

Speaking in Nakuru, the team led by the chairman Patrick Githnji said that there has been a challenge to effectively address their concerns by the successive governments.
He said that the government ought to establish special courts to try the hatemongers, fueling anxiety in the country and creating tension.
“We want to see serious interventions by the government on how it can handle the people spreading hate because the judicial systems currently are slow”, he said.
Lucy Njeri, one of the IDPs said that the government ought to treat their people more special than foreigners who seem to be benefiting more from natural resources.
 

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