Katito is among five urban centers that were elevated to towns in a gazette notice dated March 1, 2019. Others include Ahero, Kombewa, Muhoroni, and Maseno. Maseno and Ahero were upgraded into new townships last year and will soon be joined by Kombewa and Muhoroni before end of March 2021.
The growth of the satellite towns is a sure bet in bringing services closer to the people in addition to creating economic nodes to offer opportunities to many residents as well as reducing population pressure within Kisumu City.
New projections indicate that by 2050, 70 per cent of the world’s population will be living in urban centers and there is urgent need to respond to the growing population demand by elevating the status of these centers. In Kisumu County alone, it is projected that by the year 2050, at least 6 per cent of the population will be living in urban centres like Katito.
Addressing the people of Nyakach, Governor Nyong’o said urbanization opens the way for further flow of finances for better service delivery to the people. Globally, the building of resilient Cities and towns are recognized as drivers in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Katito’s strategic positioning that lies on two major highways, Kisumu – Ahero – Isibania and Kisumu – Homa Bay provides it with the advantage to blossom into a new vibrant commercial hub that will change the way of doing business within the region.
With enough room for expansion in terms of land accessibility, major infrastructural developments resulting from the newly acquired town status are expected to unlock the economic potential of Nyakach Constituency.
Hopes are also high for the revival of the collapsed cotton industry with areas around Katito having been known for cotton farming in earlier years.