Location: Located in Eastern, it borders Embu, Muranga and Kiambu Counties to the North, Nairobi and Kajiado Counties to the West, Makueni County to the South and Kitui County to the East.
Area (Km 2): 6,208 Km 2
Population Density: 177 people per Km 2
County Capital: Machakos
Number of Constituencies: 6 (Kangundo, Kathiani, Machakos Town, Masinga, Mwala, Yatta)
1992: KANU (Mwala & Kangundo - DP)
Highest: 74% (1997 Elections)
Lowest: 54% (2002 Elections)
Poverty Level: 59.6 %
Resources: Arable Land
Main Economic Activities/industries: Trade, Agriculture, Commercial Businesses
Agricultural products: Maize, Sorghum, Millet
CRA Allocation: 3,414,393,908
Number of Institutions: Primary (850), Secondary (154)
Primary: Enrolment (192,243)
Secondary: Enrolment (31,577)
Health Facilities: 110
Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:27,000
For some of the reasons that have helped Kiambu prosper in the past, Machakos County, Nairobi’s eastern neighbour, is home to important industrial and residential centres like Athi River and Mlolongo.
Sadly, the developments do not extend to most parts of the huge county, but that is about to change when a planned technology city development is finalised.
Down the road from the junction town of Makutano ya Chumvi will be what is being billed as the continent’s first techie city. Built to the book, it will become the world’s third IT magnet after Silicon Valley in California, USA, and Bangalore in eastern India.
This project will attract talent from all over the world through a range of incentives, and it is planned to have state-of-the-art shopping facilities as well as a university.
What all this will do in the end is create a modern economic centre with a cosmopolitan outlook whose impact on the country, Africa and the world is massive. Machakos will obviously become the biggest beneficiary as the home county.
Already, the benefits are being felt around the site in Konza, where land prices have reached a record high.
- Is home to Konza which is going to be the next ICT hub in Kenya
- Water is not readily available