County

Kitui
Location: Located in Eastern Kenya
Population: 1,012,709
Governor Candidates: 7
Senator Candidates: 4
Women Reps: 2
County Reps: 0
LOCATION

Location: Located in Eastern Kenya, it borders the following counties; Tana River to the East and South East, Taita Taveta to the South, Makueni and Machakos to the West, Embu to the North West, and Tharaka and Meru to the North.

Area (Km 2): 30,496.5 Km 2

Climate/Weather: Temperatures range from a minimum of 14°C to a maximum of 34°C. The rainfall ranges from 500mm to 1050mm per annum in different parts of the county.

Road Network: Bitumen Surface (Data Not Available), Gravel Surface (399.2 Km), Earth Surface (1072.2 Km)

Kitui County

POPULATION

Population: 1,012,709 (Male – 48 %, Female – 52 %)

Population Density: 33 people per Km 2

National Percentage: 2.6 %

Annual Growth Rate: 2.2%

Age Distribution: 0-14 years (46.6 %), 15-64 years (48.2 %), 65+ years (5.2 %)

Number of Households: 205,491

Government

County Capital: Kitui Town (proposed)

Number of Constituencies (2010): 6 (Mwingi North, Mwingi South, Kitui West, Kitui Central, Mutito, Kitui South)

Registered Voters: 321,800

Voting History:

1992:        KANU (Mutito, Kitui South - DP)
1997:        SDP (Mwingi North - KANU)
2002:        NARC (Kitui South - KANU)
2007:        ODM-K

Voter Turnout:

Highest:    74% (1997 Elections)
Lowest:     58% (2002 Elections)

National percentage: 2.6 %

Number of Districts (2010): 4 (Kitui, Mutomo, Mwingi, Kyuso)

Number of Local Authorities (2010): 4 (Municipal Council of Kitui, County Council of Kitui, Town Council of Mwingi, and County Council of Mwingi)

Key National Monuments

Tsavo East National Park, Mwingi National Reserve

Economics

Poverty Level: 63%

Age Dependency Ratio: 100:108

Resources: Arable Land, Wildlife, Livestock, Forests, Minerals

Tourist Attractions: Mwingi National Reserve, Tsavo East National Park

Financial Services: 4 Commercial Banks, 8 Micro-Finance

Main Economic Activities/industries: Livestock keeping, Tobacco, Cotton, Coffee, Mangoes, Commercial businesses

Agricultural products: Livestock Products, Maize, Beans, Sorghum, Pigeon Peas, Cowpeas, Cassava, Millet

CRA Allocation:  3,147,494,812

Education

Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (1,096), Secondary (181)

Primary: Enrolment (328,528)

Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 41 (Public Schools)

Secondary: Enrolment (46,100)

Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:34 (Public Schools)

Tertiary: Over 60 (Comprised of University Satellite Campuses, Youth Polytechnics, Teacher Training Colleges, Medical Training College, Technical Colleges, and Several Commercial Colleges)

Adult Literacy Classes: Enrolment (Over 3,500)

Health

Health Facilities: 261 - District Hospitals (3), Sub-District Hospitals (8), Dispensaries (189), Health Centres (23), Medical Clinics (30), Nursing Homes (5), Others (3)

Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:16,047 (Kitui District), 1:50,701 (Mwingi District)

Potential

In 2005, a 500-square-kilometre area stretching through Kitui and Mutito was discovered to contain one of the richest coal reserves in the world.

Chinese and other interested parties have been scrambling to exploit this vast reserve and it is now only a matter of time before we see the rise of one of Africa’s largest mining regions in the Mui Basin.

But Kitui’s good fortune is not just about the coal; there exists vast proven reserves of iron ore and gemstones that a county government can exploit to develop the area.

  • Well known for its cotton ginnery industry

  • There are significant coal deposits

  • Funds have been set aside to develop the water infrastructure in the area

Challenges
  • Little water availability

Candidates

  • Kiema Kilonzo
    Kiema Kilonzo.
  • Musyimi Nzengu.
  • Job Mwangangi.
  • Issac Muoki
    Isaac Muoki.
  • Charles Nyamai.
  • Kennedy Ngumbau Mulwa
    Kennedy Ngumbau Mulwa.
  • Josphat Mulyungi.
  • Kiema Kilonzo
    Kiema Kilonzo.
  • Musyimi Nzengu.
  • Job Mwangangi.
  • Issac Muoki
    Isaac Muoki.
  • Charles Nyamai.
  • Kennedy Ngumbau Mulwa
    Kennedy Ngumbau Mulwa.
  • Josphat Mulyungi.

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