Kiambu County wants Ruiru Town to be elevated into a city of its own adding to the stock of cities in the country.
Kiambu County is pushing the bid through Kenya Urban Support Program in collaboration with the World Bank by working to upgrade facilities to meet the standards required for city status.
Martin Kangiri, the county program coordinator for urban areas said that the development will put the populous town on the national map and improve the local economy through the creation of jobs.
While inspecting infrastructure upgrades in the town, Martin Kangiri revealed that already, Ruiru has more than 60 industries and a growing number of commercial enterprises including real estate companies.
The town has a population of over 490,000 people as per the 2019 national census, making it eligible according to the country’s urban planning standards. Ruiru is also the fourth most populated town in Kenya after Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and Nakuru according to the data.
Ruiru town municipality manager Fredrick Karanja told PD that his office is rolling out various infrastructures projects designed to national standards including a sports stadium equipped with lights, spectating stands, swimming pool and other gaming facilities.
The town has also been known to attract real estate developers over the past ten years. Some of the major real estate investments located within Ruiru municipality include the Rendeavor backed multibillion Tatu City development, Northlands Industrial Park and Nairobi Gate, the biggest industrial development in Kenya, which is a collaboration between Improvon and Actis.
Furthermore, Ruiru’s strategic proximity between Nairobi, Thika and Kiambu towns make it ideal for a wide array of investments and business interests.