Multibillion Projects Being Launched in Nakuru Ahead of City Status

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    An aerial view of Nakuru Town
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  • Nakuru town is set to undergo major changes ahead of its elevation to city status.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta will tour the county next month in order to deliver the city status charter- hence sealing its bid to become the country's fourth city. 

    Nakuru county government has initiated a number of projects set to be launched ahead of this monumental feat. 

    Matatus pictured at a terminus.
    Matatus pictured at a terminus.

    The county set aside ten acres of land, located along Landhies Road in order to construct an ultramodern matatu and bus terminus. The terminus is set to accommodate at least 600 vehicles. 

    The county government affirmed that the expansive land would facilitate the decongestion of traffic within the Central Business District (CBD).

    This means that the Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) would be relocated to areas including Ziwani, Kwa Jack and Railways grounds. 

    "The two termini will solve the historical challenges that the matatu and bus operators zoned and developed facilities and amenities," Trade executive Raymond Komen stated. 

    Further, a Ksh600 million market will be constructed in order to aid traders who have had to contend with selling items along paths and walkways. 

    The market is set to be state-of-the-art incorporating technological features.

    "There is no doubt that some changes have to be effected as we move to city status," Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui stated in a past interview. 

    An aerial view of Nakuru town.
    An aerial view of Nakuru town.
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    The county has also embarked on the modernisation of roads linking residential and commercial centres. The project amounts to Ksh1.9 billion. 

    Kinyanjui stated that the road project would increase connectivity and ease access into residential neighbourhoods.

    Part of the project involves re-carpeting of roads as well as initiating a non-motorised programme which entails the expansion of walkways and construction of bicycle lanes. 

    According to Kinyanjui, targeted streets include Kenyatta Avenue, West Road, Kipchoge Avenue and Flamingo Road. 

    Other areas to be addressed include garbage disposal, street lighting, use of eco-friendly amenities and upgrading of the town's informal settlements. 

    "The elevation of Nakuru to city status means Nakuru residents will get better services. My administration is expected to improve all services key to city status," he stated. 

    The elevation was initiated after the Senate approved the town's bid to become a city alongside Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu. 

    This saw 38 senators vote in support of the city status while two rejected the bid. 

    After the approval, Kinyanjui welcomed the move affirming that Nakuru is ready for the tremendous feat. 

    “I am very happy. I always knew Nakuru was ripe to become a city. I laud the senators for granting Nakuru city status. This will unlock the region’s untapped economic fortunes,” the governor stated.

    A photo of Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui speaking to journalists his office on November 6, 2019.
    Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui speaking to journalists in his office on November 6, 2019.
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