President signs Bill outlining new cities’ classification criteria

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President Kenyatta signing the three Bills into law at State House. (Photo/Pscu)
President Kenyatta signing the three Bills into law at State House on Tuesday. (Photo/Pscu)

President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed the Urban Areas and Cities (Amendment) Act 2017 into law. The Act enables County governments to review the criteria for classifying an area as a city, municipality, town or market centre. The required population for urban areas to be classified as cities stood at 500,000 but under the new order, it has been halved to 250,000. An urban area will be declared a municipality if it has a population of at least 50,000 residents and a town if it has a population of at least 10,000 residents.

The President has also signed the new Energy Act 2017 which proposes the setting up of key entities to manage and regulate energy resources in the country, and they include the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority, the Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation and the Nuclear Power and Energy Agency. He has also signed the Petroleum Act 2017, which will provide a framework for contacting, exploring, developing and producing petroleum.