An African Pied Wagtail in Kilifi, Kenya
Location of Kilifi County (green)
|Formed||March 4, 2013|
|• Governor||Amason Kingi|
|• Total||12,245.9 km2 (4,728.2 sq mi)|
|• Total||1,109,735 |
|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. 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.
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. Other attractions include historical sites such as the Mnarani ruins that date back to between the fourteenth and seventeenth century.
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.
1999 Census figure
|Local authorities (councils)|
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The county has seven constituencies:
|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|
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 Mr. Cosmas Foleni Kenga(URP) Was elected as The County Assembly Member for Tezo Ward in the County Assembly of Kilifi.