Kilifi County

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Not to be confused with Kilifi.
Kilifi County
County
An African Pied Wagtail in Kilifi, Kenya
An African Pied Wagtail in Kilifi, Kenya
Location of Kilifi County (green)
Location of Kilifi County (green)
Country Kenya
Formed March 4, 2013
Capital Kilifi
Government
 • Governor Amason Kingi
Area
 • Total 12,245.9 km2 (4,728.2 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 1,109,735 [1]
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Kilifi County is a county of Kenya, formerly known as Kilifi District. Its capital is Kilifi and its largest town is Malindi. The county has a population of 1,109,735.[2] It covers an area of 12,245.90 km2 (4,728.17 sq mi). Kilifi county forms a constituency when electing a senator and a woman representatives of Kenyan Parliament and Senate. It also elects it own governor who is the county leader.

The county is represented in parliament by seven legislators, one woman representative and a Senator in senate. The county also has 35 ward representatives.

The county is located north and northeast of Mombasa. Kilifi has fewer tourists than Mombasa County, but there are some tourists beaches in Kikambala, Watamu, Malindi and Kilifi.

Overview[edit]

Tourism and fishing are major economic activities due to its proximity to the Indian Ocean. The county has some of the best beaches and popular resorts and hotels.[citation needed] Other attractions include historical sites such as the Mnarani ruins that date back to between the fourteenth and seventeenth century.[3]

The county has a strong industrial sector with the Mabati Rolling Mill and the Athi River Cement Factory contributing heavily to the region’s economy both in employment provision and income generation.

Opportunities exist in agriculture, particularly dairy and crop farming thanks to fertile soils and a good weather pattern. The Kilifi County Minister for Agriculture, Livestock Development and Fisheries is Mwalimu Menza. The county had a successful cashew nut milling industry and opportunities exist in its revival.

Demographic[edit]

1999 Census figure[edit]

Local authorities (councils)
Authority Type Population* Urban pop.*
Kilifi Town 74,050 30,394
Mariakani Town 57,984 10,987
Kilifi County County 412,269 28,266
Total - 544,303 69,647
* 1999 census. Source: [1]
Administrative divisions
Division Population* Urban pop.* Headquarters
Bahari 90,009 26,862 Kilifi
Bamba 35,852 1,307 Bamba
Chonyi 47,138 0
Ganze 33,207 0 Ganze
Kaloleni 197,033 13,964 Kaloleni
Kikambala 97,898 23,997 Mtwapa
Vitengeni 43,159 0 Vitengeni
Total 544,303 66,130
* 1999 census. Sources: [2], [3],

Representatives[edit]

The county has seven constituencies:[4]

Constituency Popln 2009 Census Area No of wards Wards
Kilifi North Constituency 207,587 405 7 Tezo, Sokoni, Kibarani, Dabaso,Matsangoni, Watamu, Mnarani.
Kilifi South Constituency 171,607 401 5 Junju, Mwarakaya, Shimo la Tewa, Chasimba,Mtepeni
Kaloleni Constituency 139,302 651 4 Mariakani, Kayafungo, Kaloleni, Mwanamwinga
Rabai Constituency 113,622 241 4 Mwawesa, Ruruma, Jibana, Rabai/Kisurutuni
Ganze Constituency 137,664 2,942 4 Dungicha,Bamba, Jaribuni, Sokoke
Malindi Constituency 162,712 627 5 Jilore, Kakuyuni, Ganda, Malindi Town, Shella
Magarini Constituency 177,241 6,979 6 Maarafa, Magarini, Gongoni, Adu, Garashi,Sabaki
1,109,735 12,245.90 35

Bahari Constituency which was formed 1988 was disbanded in 2013 by creation of two new constituencies, Kilifi North Constituency and Kilifi South Constituency

Tezo Ward[edit]

Tezo ward was made by merging two former wards to conform with the new constitution 2010 and the IEBC Act which established new boundaries before the first election to be conducted under the New Constitution 2010. The two wards merged were Ngala and Ngerenya Wards. Tezo ward has three sub locations namely; Majaoni Mtondia of Tezo location,Ngerenya central and Zowerani. After the March 10 2013 general election Hon. Cosmas Foleni Kenga (URP) Was elected as The County Assembly Member for Tezo Ward in the County Assembly of Kilifi.

Natural Resources Tezo Ward has several natural resources

Economic Activities Agriculture-both crops and livestock


Agriculture- both subsistence and agribusiness


Health-Two dispensaries: Ngerenya dispensary and Mtondia dispensary, others are private medical clinics at Mtondia Trading Center, Tezo trading Center


Education -11 PUBLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND 2 PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS


Transport And Accessibility

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Coordinates: 3°40′00″S 39°45′00″E / 3.66667°S 39.75°E / -3.66667; 39.75