Busia County Assembly has conferred Busia Town with Municipal Status in line with Article 8(I) of the Urban Areas and Cities Act.
The conferment of municipal status to Busia Town paves way for the establishment of a municipal board to run the municipality in line with Article 14 of the Urban Areas and Cities Act. It will be headed by a municipal manager.
The unanimous adoption of the report that was tabled by Planning, Trade, Tourism, Co-operatives and Industrialization vice chairperson Angela Nafula on October 17, 2018 will pave way for granting of a charter by the Governor Sospeter Ojaamong.
The Urban and Cities Act gives powers to the Governor through the county assembly to establish urban areas and cities. The assembly also approved the draft charter for Busia Municipality.
Making his contribution during debate chaired by Speaker Bernard Wamalwa on Thursday, the committee chairman John Oganga said the conferment of Municipality status on Busia town will spur socio-economic development in the County.
Oganga said pursuant to Section 9(4) of the Urban Areas and Cities Act, Busia Town be conferred Municipal status as it’s a county headquarters, adding that the town will provide the much needed services of an urban area to this town which is the gateway to East and Central Africa.
The Speaker said the conferment of municipal status to Busia Town followed a letter from the Governor dated May 10, 2018 to the effect that the County Executive Committee approved the same in line with Sections 8 and 9 of the Urban Area and Cities Act.
The CEC also approved establishment of a municipal board to run the municipality in line with Section 14 of the Urban Areas and Cities Act.
Acting County Executive Committee Member for Finance, Economic Planning and ICT Phaustine Brasa said the upgrading of Busia Town to Municipal Status is good news to residents of Busia Town.
“This will now enable us be part of the Kenya Urban Support Programme and enjoy services including street lighting, fire-fighting, drainage system, solid waste management, housing especially slum upgrading, development of markets, construction of parking facilities, bus and taxi stands and infrastructure development,” she said.