County

Turkana
Location: Located North-Western Kenya
Population: 855,399
Governor Candidates: 6
Senator Candidates: 2
Women Reps: 2
County Reps: 0
LOCATION

Location: Located in north western Kenya bordering Marsabit county to the east, Samburu county to the south east, and Baringo and West Pokot County to the south, to the South-west 

Area (Km 2): 68,680.3 Km 2

Climate/Weather: Warm and hot climate, unreliable rainfall pattern ranging between 300mm and 4O0mm per annum

Road Network: Bltumen Surface (319.2 Km), Gravel Surface (296.7 Km), Earth Surface (2030.5 Km)

Turkana County

POPULATION

Population: 855,399 (Male - 52 %, Female - 48 %)

Population Density: 6.9 people per Km 2

National Percentage: 2.2 %

Annual Growth Rate: Not Available

Age Distribution: 0-14 years (46.0%), 15-64 years (51.6 %), 65+ years (2.4%)

Number of Households: 123,192

Government

County Capital: Lodwar Town (proposed)

Number of Constituencies (2010): 3 (Turkana North, Turkana Central, and Turkana South)

Registered Voters: 116,816

Voting History:

1992:        KANU
2007:        PNU

Voter Turnout:

Highest:    48% (1997 & 1992 Elections)
Lowest:     45% (2002 Elections)

National percentages: 1.0 %

Number of Districts (2009): 6 (Turkana Central, Turkana North, Turkana South, Turkana West, Turkana East, Loima)

Number of Local Authorities (2010): 2 (Municipal council of Lodwar, County Council of Turkana)

Key National Monuments

Lake Turkana National Park

Economics

Poverty Level: 95% of population live below poverty line

Age Dependency Ratio: 89.4

Resources: Natural (gemstones and saltlicks, gold - dormant, wildlife, Lake Turkana, Turkwell Dam)

Tourist Attractions: Lake Turkana National Park, Loiyangalani Desert Museum

Financial Services: 3 Commercial Banks, 2 Micro-finance Institutions

Main Economic Activities/Industries: Livestock farming and trade, fishing, weaving, and tourism

Agricultural products: sorghum, Maize

CRA Allocation:  2,658,576,071

Education

Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (202), Secondary (19)

Primary: Enrollment (122,883)

Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 51

Secondary: Enrollment (48,004)

Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 27.7 (Public Schools)

Tertiary: At least 2 Institutions

Adult Literacy Classes: Enrollment (562) 

Health

Health Facilities: District Hospitals (3), Sub-District Hospitals (2), Dispensaries (91), Health Centres (6), Medical Clinics (19), Health Programs (3), Others (3)

Doctor to Population Ratio: 1: 52,434

Infant Mortality Rate: 60/1000

Under Five Mortality Rates: 12/1000

Prevalent Diseases: Malnutrition

Notable Hospitals: Lodwar, Katilu, and Lokitaung District Hospitals

Potential

Turkana is a key focus of Kenya Vision 2030 programmes and will be the final node before the railway, road and oil pipeline from Lamu enter South Sudan.

This county will draw massive benefits arising from logistical and administrative functions, and control of the key developments.

That aside, Turkana sits on one of the world’s largest proven gold reserves and also has a respectable array of gemstones. This laid-back region could be looking at the kind of transformation that was experienced by the South African region of Rustenburg with the discovery of platinum.

  • Great potential to be the best at irrigation agriculture
  • Fishing is carries out widely in Lake Turkana
  • Tourism from Sibiloi National Park and Lake Turkana National Park
Challenges
  • Lack of resources to exploit irrigation
  • Food security is a huge issue leading to hunger starvation

Candidates

  • John Eris.
  • Daudi Ekuam.
  • Peter Lotethiro Emuria.
  • Ekal Imana
    Ekal Imana.
  • Josphat Nanok Koli
    Josphat Nanok Koli.
  • Ekwe Ethuro
    Ekwee Ethuro.
  • John Eris.
  • Daudi Ekuam.
  • Peter Lotethiro Emuria.
  • Ekal Imana
    Ekal Imana.
  • Josphat Nanok Koli
    Josphat Nanok Koli.
  • Ekwe Ethuro
    Ekwee Ethuro.

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