Homa Bay Municipality is a creation of the Urban Areas and Cities Act No.13 of 2011 (Amendment Act No. 3 of 2019). This is an Act Parliament that gives effect to Article 184 of the Constitution which provides for the classification, governance and management of urban areas and cities; spells out the criteria of establishing the urban areas, the principle of governance and the participation of residents and for connected purposes.
Key achievements by the entity during the period included:
- The County government committed to participate in KUSP by having all the minimum conditions that were set out, met as was confirmed during the 1st and 2nd Annual Performance Assessments (APA) by the Donor.
- Municipal Charter was granted by the H.E the Governor, approved by the Assembly and gazzeted through Kenya gazette supplement No.6 on 27th March 2019.
- Members of the Municipal Board were vetted by the County Assembly, their appointment gazzeted through Gazette Notice No. 6470 dated 9th July 2019 and sworn in office on 29 August 2019.
- There was smooth and peaceful relocation of Homa Bay Traders from the old Homa Bay Municipal Market to pave way for construction of the proposed Homa Bay Municipal Market that shall boost the revenue base of the County
- Construction of the proposed Homa Bay Municipal Market is at 80% to completion.
- The Municipal Board has prepared the following policy documents – Homa Bay Municipality Integrated Development Plan (IDEP), Strategic Urban Development Plan, Homa Bay Municipality Solid Waste Management Policy
- Members of the Homa Bay Municipal Board have been inducted.
- The Homa Bay Municipal Board unlocked the second round of donor funds of KSh. 119,000,000 under the Kenya Urban Support Programme
- The Board of Homa Bay Municipality is among 7 Municipalities out of 59 Municipalities that recently got clearance for replenishment of Kshs.119M by the World Bank under the Kenya Urban Support Programme
- The Homa Bay Municipality was recognized by the World Bank for exceptional performance under the Kenya Urban Support Program as a result of which the Municipal Manager was the only Manager out of 59 Managers across the country; sponsored to participate in the recently concluded 10th session of the World Urban forum (WUF10). This premier event is the largest global gathering on the future of cities convened by (UN-Habitat) every two years.