Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor Eng John Barorot on Monday led a high level meeting that bade to finalize on Eldoret’s elevation to be Kenya’s fifth city.

Eng Barorot gave an indication that the award is a stone throw away. “His Excellency the President said the charter is in his desk during his visit to Uasin Gishu early this coming month.”

“Last week,our Governor led a team from Uasin Gishu at Statehouse over the same which led to this meeting today to deliberate on the expectations of the day of awar,” said Barorot.

County Secretary, Edwin Bett, reminded the team on the importance of good preparations and engage all the stakeholders including our sister cities in the USA and Sweden (Miniapolis and Norrkopping).

County Executive for Urban Development, Dr. Janeth Kosgey, called on the departments to ensure all programmes are geared towards ensuring the benefit of the Charter to the community.

The Municipality Manager, Mr Tito Koiyet, on his part emphasised on the history of Eldoret town. ” The City has come a long way to where it is and there is need to come up with laws to protect some of the history that still exist in our County,this will build up on the museum artefacts that will protect our heritage.”

The award of the City Charter will be of benefit to the people of Uasin Gishu ranging from the increased allocation from the National Government for infrastructure development in the City, investment opportunities from the outside world which will create more employment opportunities and business opportunities among other benefits.

County Executive Committee Members, Chief officers and the County Solicitor made their presentations.