Mandago affirms Commitment to make Eldoret an investor friendly town

Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago officially opening the Kalyet City Mall in Eldoret town, Uasin Gishu county. He was accompanied by the CEC Trade,Dr. Emily Kogos and the Eldoret Municipality Julius Kitur. Photo/Edmond Kipngeno.

Uasin Gishu county Governor Jackson Mandago has affirmed his administration’s commitment to putting in place measures that will ensure the county and more so Eldoret town attracts more investors.

Speaking when he presided over the official opening of Kalyet City Mall in Eldoret town, Mandago said for the past 8 years, his administration has initiated several projects that have seen a facelift of the town leading to more investments coming in.

“As a county, we are very serious when we say we want this town to be a place that investors want to invest in,” he said while naming setting up of Nova International School, multi-billion Toyota showroom and Rupa Mall as some of the investments that have come in recently.

The Governor also noted that they are working on improving the backstreets within the Eldoret CBD so as to create more business spaces for traders to operate from.

He further challenged traders to always attend public participation forums for finance bill which he noted is where decisions on the amount of license fees are made.

“If you cannot attend the Forum you can always write a memorandum so that your views as traders are captured,” Mandago said adding that: ‘traders are our key partners because they pay for licenses which are a major source of revenue for us.”

Eldoret Municipality Chairman Julius Kitur revealed that they have put in place measures that will ensure interests of all locals in town are taken care of.

“We have put in place mechanisms for any issues to be addressed by allocating a member of the board to handle traders’ issues, another to handle jua kali issues and the other for estates,” said Kitur.

Trade County Executive Member Dr. Emily Kogos on her part said they are ready to closely work with traders and improve their working environment.

She noted that Uasin Gishu is an economic hub in the North Rift and Western region surrounded by at least 15 counties that rely on them.

This comes as Eldoret is jostling for the city stature.

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