Kenya's New Bill Seeks to Cut Population Size for City Status

By Neville Otuki

Kenya will cut population size required for a town to be declared a city from half a million to 250,000 residents if proposed changes to urban law that seek to create more cities is adopted.

The proposal contained in the Urban Areas and Cities (Amendment) Bill, 2017, follows Cabinet approval in September to provide for five cities, up from the current three.

Though the Cabinet did not specify the two towns set for elevation to cities, Kenya's largest urban centres behind Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu cities are Nakuru and Eldoret in that order.