Kitui County

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Not to be confused with Kitui.
Kitui County
County
Sunset at Tsavo East National Park mostly located in Kitui County
Sunset at Tsavo East National Park mostly located in Kitui County
Location of Kitui County (Green)
Location of Kitui County (Green)
Coordinates: 1°29′S 38°23′E / 1.483°S 38.383°E / -1.483; 38.383Coordinates: 1°29′S 38°23′E / 1.483°S 38.383°E / -1.483; 38.383
Country  Kenya
Formed March 4th 2013
Capital Kitui
Government
 • Governor Julius Malombe
Area
 • Total 24,385.1 km2 (9,415.1 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 1,012,709 [1]
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Website kitui.go.ke

Kitui County is a county in the former Eastern Province of Kenya. Its capital and largest town is Kitui, although Mwingi is also another major urban centre. The county has a population of 1,012,709 (2009 census) [2] and an area of 24,385.1 km².[1]

Government[edit]

The county has four local authorities: Kitui municipality, Kitui county council, Mwingi and Mwingi county council.

Kitui county is divided into eight administrative divisions: Central (Kitui), Kabati, Chuluni, Mutitu, Mwitika, Mutomo (Ikanga), Ikutha and Yatta.

The county has six constituencies:

Demographics[edit]

Local people are mostly of the Akamba ethnicity.

Climate[edit]

The climate is semi-arid; it receives roughly 71 cm (28 inches). A significant point however is that rainfall occurs practically only during the rainy seasons (one long around May and June, and one short, around September and October).

Services[edit]

Education[edit]

There are some private primary and secondary schools in the area. South Eastern Kenya University is a university located in Kitui with a campus in Mwingi. Kenyatta University has a campus in Kitui.

Services Stats[edit]

Stats for Kitui County
County
Stats for the County (Percent)
Literacy
74.7
Attending School (15-18 Yrs)
77.8
Paved Roads
2.4
Good Roads
39.9
Electricity Access
4.8

Stats for the County

Source: USAid Kenya

Economy[edit]

The vast majority of the economy is based on sustenance farming, despite the fact that the agriculture is an extremely challenging endeavor giving the sporadic rainfall. A logical move therefore would be a transition to non-agricultural industries.

During a recent, informal survey of the businesses in the town of Ikutha in southern Kitui County, the following businesses were identified:

  • Butcheries
  • Food Staples (rice, corn meal)
  • Mini-markets (sells things like Coca-cola, potatoes chips, bread, long-shelf milk)
  • Mechanics
  • Pubs
  • Hotel and restaurant

Industries[edit]

Situated in Kitui town is a cotton ginnery where cotton farmers from around the county can deliver their harvest. It is the only major industry in the region, and was set up way back in 1935. Kitui is a semi-arid region and not many crops fare well there apart from cotton, hence the ginnery plays a major role creating income for the many cotton farmers in the region.

South Eastern Kenya Region[edit]

Urbanisation[edit]

Urbanisation in South Eastern Kenya
County
Urbanisation in South Eastern Kenya (Percent)
Machakos County
52
Kitui County
13.8
Makueni County
11.8
 Kenya Average
32.3

Urbanisation by County in South Eastern Kenya

Source: OpenDataKenya

Wealth/Poverty Level[edit]

Wealth/Poverty Level in South Eastern Kenya
County
Poverty Level in South Eastern Kenya (Percent)
Machakos County
59.6
Kitui County
63.1
Makueni County
64.1
 Kenya Average
45.9

Poverty level by County

Source: OpenDataKenya Worldbank

See also[edit]

References[edit]