Makueni County Government has announced plans to elevate Wote town to a municipality.
Governor Kivutha Kibwana said the county government has already embarked on the legal framework for the town to be conferred a municipal status.
The Urban Areas and Cities Act 2011 gives governors powers to confer on a qualifying town, the status of a municipality by grant of a charter upon the resolution of the County Assembly.
Kivutha said a charter for the municipality has already been established and the County Assembly has approved a request by the town committee to grant the charter to the proposed municipality of Wote.
Before devolution the town which is the county headquarters was classified as a town council.
Speaking at Kwa-Kathoka during a stakeholder’s forum, Kivutha, said the municipality will be expanded to cover Wote town, Kilala, Kako, Kikumini-Muvau, Kwa-Kathoka, Malivani and Nziu.
The proposed Wote municipality will construct and maintain the urban roads, water and sanitation infrastructure, drainage, non-motorised transport infrastructure, public spaces, bus and taxi parks, markets and abattoirs, sports and cultural centres, as well as enforce development control and plans in the municipality, he said.
The governor said the proposed municipality will help improve infrastructure and service delivery besides offering employment opportunities to the many jobless youths.
The Urban Areas and Cities Act 2011 states that a town is eligible for the conferment of municipal status if it has a population of between 70,000 and 250,000 residents according to the final gazetted results of the last population census.
However the county governor can confer the status of a special municipality to the headquarters of the county even where it does not meet the population threshold.
If the town is elevated to the proposed status, a board of municipality headed by a municipal manager will undertake its administration.
The Municipal Manager shall be appointed by the County Public Service Board and will head the board that will comprise of nine members.
The board shall receive funds from allocations from the County Assembly and revenue within the municipality.
Source: Kenya News Agency