Members of Kakamega County Assembly (MCAs) have approved a motion to confer Mumias town to a Municipality.
The motion was moved by Hon. David Shikala (Mahiakalo Ward) who is a member of the committee on Lands, Urban Areas, Housing and Physical Planning.
Hon. Shikala said that the motion was long overdue and urged his colleagues to support it adding that being the second largest town in the county after Kakamega, Mumias town deserved to be given municipality status in order to pave way for other upcoming urban centers to be upgraded to towns.
Seconding the move, Hon. Lucie Chogo noted that elevating Mumias town into a Municipality would improve socio-economic standards of those residing within and around the town by attracting more investments, creation of more job opportunities among other business ventures.
Hon. Chogo added that Mumias town is a landmark in the Western Kenya and has the potential of being a fast growing business hub in the region.
The county government of Kakamega has plans to establish an industrial park in Mumias town.
Hon. Timothy Aseka, however, raised a concern over increased rates that come with elevation of a town into a municipality.
The residents of the town and those from its environs should brave for higher rates once Mumias town is transformed to a municipality,” Ho. Aseka said.