Nakuru County

Pilot town: Njoro


Located 20 km from Nakuru town Njoro has carved out an identity as an important agricultural research and educational centre. The town is home to Egerton University and a campus of the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO).

The County Government’s choice of Njoro town has been motivated by several factors:

  • Njoro’s status as a unique agricultural town, with rich agrarian hinterland
  • Manufacturing potential, in particular timber-based and crop processing factories
  • Link to indigenous forest communities (Ogiek)
  • Lord Egerton’s castle with tourism potential
  • Njoro’s unclear spatial arrangement and growing informality (potential growth of slums in Bondeni, Jawatho, Kiwanja Ndege, etc.)
  • Synergies with KISIP and KMP experiences
  • Pilot County Co-ordinator
    Justine M. Nyaroo has a BA in Urban and Regional Planning and an MA in Project Management from the University of Nairobi. He started his career as Town Planner for the Municipal Councils of Kisii and Naivasha. With the creation of the County governments in 2013, he has been working as a Physical Planner for Nakuru County which involves preparing urban development plans and overseeing their implementation.