A study of the interdependence and development potentials of the main towns in western province, with special reference to Kakamega, Webuye, Bungoma and Mumias.
Amunga, Moses OH
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Rapid post independence urbanization in Kenya has been· greatly influenced by deliberate government policies to stimulate rural development. Such policies are well known under various names and titles, for example growth centre development special rural development programmes and many others of the like. Other deliberate government moves have involved the post independence efforts to create a better administrative system for the country. These efforts have produced a series of administrative centres, of high and low service levels, which have contributed to the growth of the respective centres and general urbanization in Kenya. Several underlying factors stimulate or discourage urbanization processes and this study looks at the case of the main towns in Western Province in relation to the relevant forces of urbanization and development. It examines the inter-dependence and development potentials of Kakamega, Webuye, Bungoma and Mumias within their regional setting. The overall aim is to provide a policy guideline for the development of these towns within the region. It is felt that when there is so much interaction between town then there growth is mutually interrelated and proper relation and co-ordination of their resource bases to growth is necessary when determining their respective growth policies for their future development. Their planning can be so organized that the development of the towns is systematically co-ordinated for the mutual benefit of all (the towns) in any given region or sub-region. The underlying assumption is that, inter dependance of towns, mainly by activity flows and functional interactions determine a systemic development pattern of the respective towns. The results and recommendations of this case study are expected to be useful In solving problems in other areas that show similar urbanization trends as in Western Province.