Hope for Mwea residents as Leader of the Majority Party tables a Motion aimed at conferring Wang’uru Town to Municipality status. [February 15, 2022]
Members of the County Assembly have unanimously adopted a Motion which if implemented, will see Wang’uru Town join the ranks of Kerugoya to become the second Municipality in Kirinyaga County.
While moving the Motion, Leader of the Majority Party and Kerugoya Ward MCA, Hon. James Kamau Murango noted that the move to elevate Wang’uru Town into a Municipality will unlock Kes. 600 Million funding which will go towards financing a rice husk factory. He further said that the idea will attract key donors like the World Bank which are critical in financing infrastructure development in municipalities.
Tebere Ward MCA, Hon. Gudson Muchina said that the process of conferring Wang’uru Town to a Municipality status was long overdue noting that the process began at the time of the defunct local authorities. He said that Wang’uru meets the population threshold prescribed in the Urban Areas and Cities Act thus the need for the concern CEC member to speed up the conferment process.
Hon. Scolastica Nyawira, who is a nominated Member, noted that the move to confer Wang’uru to Municipality status will generate more revenue and create employment thus the need for the CEC to give a roadmap within 21 days.
Her sentiments were supported by Hon. Caroline Wanjiku who noted that Wang’uru can host international sports courtesy of Wang’uru stadium and therefore qualifies by all means to be a Municipality.
While contributing to the debate, Hon. Kepha Kariuki noted that Mwea Constituency is the only electoral area in Kirinyaga County with two Sub Counties thus the need to urgently confer Wang’uru as a Municipality.
On the need to have a third Municipality, Baragwi Ward MCA Hon. David Mathenge urged the Leader of the Majority Party to consider coming up with a similar Motion for Kianyaga and Kimbimbi to be elevated as well once the process of conferring Wang’uru is completed.
The County Executive Member in charge of Physical Planning, Lands and Housing is expected to submit a plan within 21 days, giving a roadmap for conferment of Wang’uru town to Municipality status.
Section 4 (1) of the urban areas and cities act allows County Governments to initiate delianation of boundaries of urban areas as a way of bringing services and resources closer to the people.

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