County

Trans Nzoia
Location: Located in the former Rift Valley Province
Population: 818,757
Governor Candidates: 5
Senator Candidates: 7
Women Reps: 2
County Reps: 0
LOCATION

Location: Located in the former Rift Valley Province, it borders the Republic of Uganda to the North West, and the following counties; West Pokot to North, Elgeyo Marakwet to the East, Uasin Gishu and Kakamega to the South, and Bungoma to the West and South West.

Area (Km 2): 2,495.5 Km 2

Climate/Weather: Temperatures range from a mean annual minimum of 10°C to a mean maximum of 37°C, with average rainfall amounts of 11,200mm per annum.

Road Network: Bitumen Surface (59.2 Km), Gravel Surface (135 Km), Earth Surface (306.5 Km)

Trans Nzoia County

POPULATION

Population: 818,757 (Male – 50 %, Female – 50 %)

Population Density: 328 people per Km 2

National Percentage: 2.12 %

Annual Growth Rate: 4.2 %

Age Distribution: 0-14 years (47.0 %), 15-64 years (50.2 %), 65+ years (2.8 %)

Number of Households: 170,117

Government

County Capital: Kitale Town (Proposed)

Number of Constituencies (2010): 3 (Cherangany, Kwanza, and Saboti)

Registered Voters: 221,863

Voting History:

1992:        FORD KENYA (Mt. Elgon – KANU, Kanduyi – FORD ASILI)
1997:        FORD KENYA (Mt. Elgon – KANU)
2002:        NARC (Mt. Elgon – KANU)
2007:        PNU (Mt. Elgon – ODM)

Voter Turnout:

Highest:    76% (1997 Elections)
Lowest:        57% (2002 Elections)

Voting History:

1992:        FORD KENYA
1997:        FORD KENYA (Cherangany - KANU)
2002:        NARC
2007:        PNU (Cherangany - ODM)

Voter Turnout:

Highest:    76% (1997 Elections)
Lowest:        57% (2002 Elections)

National percentage: 1.8 %

Number of Districts (2009): 3 (Trans-Nzoia East, West, and Kwanza)

Number of Local Authorities (2010): 2 (Nzoia County Council, Municipal Council of Kitale)

Key National Monuments
  • Kitale Museum,
  • Mt. Elgon National Park,
  • Saiwa Swamp National Park
Economics

Poverty Level: 5.2 %

Age Dependency Ratio: 100:99

Resources: Water, Arable Land, Livestock, Pasture, Wildlife

Tourist Attractions: Kitale Museum, Mt. Elgon National Park, Kitale Nature Conservancy, Saiwa Swamp National Park

Financial Services: 8 Commercial Banks, 2 Micro-Finance Institutions

Main Economic Activities/industries: Horticulture, Large Scale Maize & Wheat Farming, Tea, Coffee, Commercial Businesses, Fishing

Agricultural Products: Maize, Wheat, Beans, Potatoes, Livestock Products

CRA Allocation:  2,544,692,908

Education

Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (471), Secondary (120)

Primary: Enrolment (229,408)

Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:52 (Public Schools)

Secondary: Enrolment (24,361)

Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:18 (Public Schools)

Tertiary: Over 20 (Includes a University Campus, Nursing College, Farmers Training College, Youth Polytechnic, Teacher Training College, and Several Commercial Colleges)
Adult Literacy Classes: Enrollment – Data Not Available

Health

Health Facilities: 78 – District Hospitals (2), Sub-District Hospitals (2), Dispensaries (33), Health Centres (7), Medical Clinics (28), Nursing Home (2), Other (4)

Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:26,000

Infant Mortality Rates: 60/1000 (Rift Valley)

Under Five Mortality Rates: 12/1000 (Rift Valley)

Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, Upper Respiratory Tract Infections, Diarrhoea, Typhoid, Skin Diseases, Amoebic Dysentery

Notable Hospitals: Kitale District Hospital, Kapsara District Hospital.

Potential

The worth of the North Rift as an economic powerhouse cannot be sniffed at. Maize, wheat and milk conceal the other strengths this area possesses; Trans Nzoia has an excellent agricultural base that the upcoming county administration can build on for further economic progress.

  • Leading in maize production in the country

Challenges
  • Lack of resources to develop the tourism industry in Mount Elgon

Candidates

  • Patrick Khaemba
    Patrick Khaemba.
  • Reuben Waswa Makhino
    Reuben Waswa Makhino.
  • Geoffrey Taragon.
  • Henry Ole Ndiema.
  • Daris Chelongoi.
  • Patrick Khaemba
    Patrick Khaemba.
  • Reuben Waswa Makhino
    Reuben Waswa Makhino.
  • Geoffrey Taragon.
  • Henry Ole Ndiema.
  • Daris Chelongoi.

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