Uasin Gishu County Government conducted stakeholder engagement forums across the region in its quest to ensure that Eldoret town attains a city status.

The ad hoc committee on elevating Eldoret to a city rolled out a week-long public participation forum on October 24th to November 9th, 2022 at Eldoret Municipal Hall to get views of residents and other stakeholders on plans to elevate the town into a city.

Uasin Gishu Governor Jonathan Bii Chelilim when he submitted his views to the ad hoc committee, said that Eldoret’s uniqueness should be positive for its advancement. “Eldoret is a fast-growing economic hub serving up to eight counties and a gateway to East Africa. These are some of the qualities that give us an advantage,” said Bii, adding that his government is working to meet the set requirements. Mr. Bii also committed to making Eldoret the cleanest city, improving structural accessibility for people with disabilities, and paving roads and renovating buildings to beautify the city.He affirmed that he is working with stakeholders, including the national government and the private sector, to develop housing plans to address the problem of informal settlements.

Other activities that will be carried out by the county government include working with stakeholders to paint buildings for aesthetic appeal, marketing cultural memorabilia to promote heritage, climate change through reforestation, and providing more space for expansion from side lanes to provide spaces for business establishment.

The ad hoc committee will retreat to write its final report and present it to the Governor, who will forward it to the county assembly, said committee chairperson Willy Kenei. The assembly will then discuss the committee’s recommendations and forward them to the Senate for consideration.

The process of conferring city status on Eldoret could be concluded within one year if approved by ward reps and the Senate.