Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui says the elevation of Gilgil and Molo towns to municipalities will pave way for more financial support from the national government and donor agencies.
Governor Kinyanjui spoke when he issued the charter for Giglil, noted that the move will help in planning for development.
The elevation now places Nakuru as the second county after Kiambu with the highest number of municipalities in the country.
He said that under the plan, Naivasha, Gilgil and Molo municipalities will in the coming financial year get Ksh 100m towards addressing the issues of housing, sewerage and drainage among other services.
“From now onwards rehabilitation of roads in the two municipalities will be carried out by the Kenya Urban Rural Authority (KURA) which is a positive thing,” he said.
Kinyajui said the next phase involves zoning, where public land, industrial park and other amenities will be identified.
He added that the incoming Rironi-Mau Summit expressway would expand the town which for years has remained dormant as the process of appointing a town manager kicked off.
The governor added that with the elevation of the town, government services like Huduma Center will be opened in the coming days.
“Next week, we shall issue a municipal charter to Molo and this comes a couple of months after elevating Nakuru into a City,” he said.
Gilgil Mp Martha Wangari was full of praise for the elevation noting that government offices like lands and registration of persons should now be opened in the town.
She projected that the troublesome challenges of poor drainage and sewerage will be addressed by the national government.
“The move to elevate Gilgil into a municipality is a major milestone and the issues of roads and drainage will be addressed as we expect more investors,” she said.
Wangari added that works on the upcoming Rironi-Mau Summit expressway should be carried by area residents as one way of empowering the jobless.
The CEC for Lands in the county Joseph Kiuna said that Nakuru had joined Kiambu in the number of counties with the highest municipalities.
“Kiambu has six municipalities and Nakuru comes second with three and this means more funding for the new entities from the national government,” he said.
The Chief Officer for lands in the county Judyleah Waihenya termed the journey as long but was full of praise for the support from the executive.
“The lands department in Kenya has been accused of various things but I am glad that the team from Nakuru has made the municipality’s dream come true,” she said.