County

Wajir
Location: Located in North Eastern Kenya
Population: 661,941
Governor Candidates: 8
Senator Candidates: 4
Women Reps: 8
County Reps: 0
LOCATION

Location: Located in North Eastern Kenya, it borders the following counties; Mandera to the North and North East, The Republic of Somalia to the East, Garissa to the South and South West, Isiolo and Marsabit to the West, and the Republic of Ethiopia to the North West.

Area (Km 2): 56,685.8 Km 2

Climate/Weather: It has a mean annual temperature of 28 °C with rainfall amounts ranging between 250mm and 700mm per annum in different parts of the county.

Road Network: Bitumen Surface (Not Available), Gravel Surface (63 Km), Earth Surface (1,818.2 Km)

Wajir County

POPULATION

Population: 661,941 (Male – 55 %, Female –45 %)

Population Density: 12 people per Km 2

National Percentage: 1.71 %

Annual Growth Rate: 3.7 %

Age Distribution: 0-14 years (51.8 %), 15-64 years (45.9 %), 65+ years (2.2 %)

Number of Households: 88,574

Government

County Capital: Wajir Town (proposed)

Number of Constituencies (2010): 4 (Wajir North, Wajir West, Wajir East and Wajir South)

Registered Voters: 79,695

Voting History:

1992:        KANU
1997:        KANU
2002:        KANU (Wajir East – NARC)
2007:        ODM (Wajir North, Wajir West - PNU)

Voter Turnout:

Highest:    61% (2007 Elections)
Lowest:     53% (1997 Elections)

National percentage: 0.6 %

Number of Districts (2009): 4 (Wajir North, Wajir West, Wajir East and Wajir South)

Number of Local Authorities (2010): 1 (Wajir County Council)

Key National Monuments

Key National Monument(s): Wajir Museum, Wagalla Massacre Site

Economics

Poverty Level: 84.0 %

Age Dependency Ratio: 100:118

Resources: Wildlife, Livestock, Water, Pasture, Minerals (Limestone, Sand & Stones), Wind & Solar Energy

Tourist Attractions: Wajir Museum, Wagalla Massacre Site, Orpahey Wells, British & Italian War Bunkers, Old Court House, Yahut Dam, Old Court House

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

Main Economic Activities/industries: Livestock Keeping and Trading, Commercial Businesses

Agricultural products: Livestock Products

CRA Allocation: 2,057,309,517

Education

Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (125), Secondary (17)

Primary: Enrolment (28,481)

Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:58 (Public Schools)

Secondary: Enrolment (2,908)

Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:21 (Public Schools)

Tertiary: Information Not Available

Adult Literacy Classes: Enrolment (Data Not Available)

Health

Health Facilities: 88 - District Hospitals (4), Sub-District Hospitals (2), Dispensaries (42), Health Centres (17), Medical Clinics (21), Nursing Homes (2)

Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:356,340

Infant Mortality Rates: 98/1000

Under Five Mortality Rates: 90/1000

Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, Urinary Tract Infections, Diarrhoea, and Malnutrition

Notable Hospitals: Bute, Griftu, Habaswein, and Wajir Districts Hospitals

Potential
  • Mineral mining is carried out (limestone, sand and stones)
  • A large number of airstrips creates potential to have a very well-developed transport system
  • There is potential for harnessing solar and wind energy as a result of the topography and climate
Challenges
  • Lack of value addition in the livestock rearing sector.
  •  High levels of insecurity through ethnic clashes and cattle rustling
  • Constant food shortages as a result of the climatic conditions

Candidates

  • Mohamed Elmi
    Mohamed Elmi.
  • Omar Mohammed Sheikh.
  • Abdirahman Abass
    Abdirahman Abass.
  • Omar Sheikh Ali.
  • Mohamed Abdi
    Mohamed Abdi.
  • Ahmed Bashir.
  • Abdiwahab Sheikh Abdisemed.
  • Mohamed Nurow.
  • Mohamed Elmi
    Mohamed Elmi.
  • Omar Mohammed Sheikh.
  • Abdirahman Abass
    Abdirahman Abass.
  • Omar Sheikh Ali.
  • Mohamed Abdi
    Mohamed Abdi.
  • Ahmed Bashir.
  • Abdiwahab Sheikh Abdisemed.
  • Mohamed Nurow.

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