Kapsabet is a town in the Rift Valley Province, Kenya. It is the capital of Nandi County. The Name Kapsabet: "Kap"- 'belong to/area of' and "sabit" "sobet" - 'live' has come to mean 'a place of life' though external influences and documentation refer it as Kapsabet. The locals praise it as 'Kapsabit ak mego'. Before devolution, Kapsabet hosted a municipal council and divisional headquarters of the then Kapsabet administrative division. Kapsabet municipality has a total population of 86,803 (2009 census ).
With County focus, Kapsabet real estate development will be accelerated, when some foreign investors acquired an acre of land for Kes.20 million. They have proposed major investments including a hotel property. Some athletes among them Abel Kirui, is putting up a commercial building in Kapsabet.
The town,has vibrant tea sector and has a resident population of 100,000, has many factors to its advantage. It has land, an agricultural-based economy and tourist sites in Nandi county. Tourist sites in the county include rare antelopes found at Kingwar Swamps, and the ‘Cliff of Death’ where suicidal people have reportedly ended their lives.
Kapsabet municipality has eight wards (Chemundu/Kaptildil, Chepterit, Kabirirsang, Kamobo, Kapsabet, Kiminda, Kipsigak/Kipsotoi and Kipture/Irimis). All of them fall under the Emgwen constituency, which has a total of seventeen wards, the remaining nine are located within Nandi County Council.
Kapsabet is located 40 kilometres southwest of Eldoret on the way to Chavakali. The notable educational institutions in this town are Kapsabet Boys High School, Kapsabet Girls High School and University of Eastern Africa Baraton.
Many successful long distance runners have been born in or near Kapsabet, including Rodgers Rop, Bernard Lagat, Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Peter Rono, Wilfred Bungei, Pamela Jelimo, Janet Jepkosgei and Martin Lel. Also from Kapsabet are two members of the 2012 US Olympic Team: Janet Cherobon-Bawcom and Benard Lagat.
The Nandi County Government<> headed by Governor Dr. Cleophas Lagat is spearheading a stadium construction at the Town.
Kapsabet Town is an agricultural town, in its environs are large tea and maize farms, horticulture and dairy farming.The town has New Kenya Cooperative Creameries (New KCC)Depot and KTDA Chebut Tea Factory to assist in this activities.
The Nandi County Government and devolution has seen economic developments which has attracted major supermarkets put up their premises in Kapsabet. Evidence of demand for space in the town is seen through the entry of 11 bank branches and popular retail stores such as Naivas. Major Financial institutions present in Kapsabet Town are Kenya Commercial Bank, Co-operative Bank of Kenya, Barclays Bank, Kenya Women Finance Trust(KWFT), Equity Bank and National Bank of Kenya. Nandi Teachers and Nandi Hekima Saccos are based in the town.
Major Churches are AIC Kapsabet, St Peters' Catholic Parish, ACK St Barnabas and SDA. There is a mosque in the outskirts of the town on Kapsabet-Kaimosi Road.
Major Hospitals are Kapsabet District Hospital and St Francisca Hospital.
Transport. Kapsabet is a connection town for Kisumu, Kakamega, Kericho, Eldoret and Nakuru Towns.
The Nandi county government, inherited about 400 acres from the defunct Kapsabet Municipal Council, on which it plans to build an industrial park, a marketplace and some houses. Kapsabet Town was the headquarters of the then Kapsabet Municipality which was run by the Municipal Council lastly headed at the Civic level by His Worship Councillor Michael Rono and at the Executive level by Mr. Shedd D. Simotwo, the Town Clerk.
The Then Heads of Departments at the Council were:
- Mr. Moses Kemboi - Social Services
- Mr. Nelson Kitur - Audit
- Mr. Simon Mwale - Engineering and Public Works
- Mr. Gideon Kitur- Public Health
- Mr. Silas Ronoh - Treasurers
- Mr. Joel Pkemoi - Town Clerks
- Emmy Chepkemboi Tuwei(Intern).
The County Goverment has the following executive members(CEMs) as at July 2014:
- MR JOSIAH KIPROTICH KORIR CEM IN CHARGE OF TRADE,INVESTMENT AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT
- MR. CHARLES KIMELI MUGE CEM IN CHARGE OF FINANCE AND ECONOMIC PLANNING
- MRS. ROSEMARY JEMELI KORIR CEM IN CHARGE OF TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE
- MRS. MARY JERUBET NG’ELECHEI CEM IN CHARGE OF AGRICULTURE
- MR MATHEW KIPRONO :CEM IN CHARGE OF HEALTH AND SANITATION
- DR JOHN KIPKORIR CHUMO :CEM IN CHARGE OF LAND,ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
- MRS CONSLATA KUTO : CEM IN CHARGE OF DEVOLVED UNITS AND SPECIAL PROGRAMMES
- MR PATRICK KIPROP SANG: CEM IN CHARGE OF YOUTH, GENDER, SPORTS AND SOCIAL SERVICES
- MR JAMES KIPCHOGE KIJO : CEM IN CHARGE OF TOURISM,CULTURE AND COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT
- MR PAUL KIPCHOGE ROP: CEM-INCHARGE OF EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING
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