The newly upgraded Ogembo Municipality is raising economic concerns with many locals still unaware of what to expect. The rise of status comes at a time when resources and public space are not enough to reshape the aged town.
Ogembo is located in the former Gucha district which eventually joined with Kisii district to form Kisii County. Out of Gucha District cropped Bobasi, Bomachoge Chache, Bomachoge Borabu, and South Mugirango Constituencies. It is no surprise why the Kisii County Assembly members voted unanimously in favour of its upgrade.
Ogembo Municipality in Gucha Sub County
Overall, we now have a couple of municipalities in Kisii County. These include Kisii town and Ogembo town.
Among those who have welcomed the decision are politicians and the Kisii business community.
“I thank members of the Kisii County Assembly who have unanimously voted for the report on the Ogembo Municipality Charter that recommends the upgrading of Ogembo Town into a Municipality. It shall now be the second municipality in Kisii County.”Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi.
DG Maangi whose ancestral home is in the nearby Tendere Village emphasized that the municipality status will bring about proper urban planning and increased budgetary allocation.
Furthermore, the oncoming progress will stimulate growth in the presently rugged Ogembo town.
Walter Bichanga, the County Executive Member for Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Development, is another excited county official.
Others who have bagged credit for the good work include Boochi Tendere Ward MCA Mr James Ondari.
List of institutions and major offices in Ogembo town
Ogembo is no doubt the 2nd largest urban centre in Kisii County. Here are some of the notable institutions you will find at Ogembo;
- Ogembo law courts
- Constituency offices
- Ogembo Tea Factory
- Ogembo police station
- Sameta Lodge and Hotel
- Rockland Hotel Ogembo
- St Anns College Ogembo
- Lenmek Hospital Ogembo
- Maya Holiday Point Hotel
- Ogembo Sub County hospital
- Elsa Academy Primary School
- Hotel Bonds near Sameta Hills
Even so, there are several other destinations and government offices within Ogembo municipality.
The history of Ogembo town, now a municipality
Historical records show that Ogembo town started in the 1950s as a trading centre.
At the time, it was popularly called Ritongo to mean a resting terrain.
Ritongo attracted colonialists and Indians in the wake of the 20th century. These foreigners played a key role in its uprising.
Ritongo was later renamed Ogembo after an elderly man of Boochi Tendere Ward.
Active trading and business activities have since favoured growth at Ogembo; now an administrative and commercial centre.
Ogembo municipality is not only habitable but also convenient for business because of its accessibility to Kisii town, Mogonga, Magena, Nyangusu, and Kilgoris markets. Plenty of agricultural supplies and scenic surroundings are mainly attractive.