Marakwet District

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Marakwet District is an administrative district in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. Its capital town is Kapsowar. The district has a population of 140.629.[1] Local people are predominantly of the Marakwet tribe.

The district was created in 1927 as Elgeyo/Marakwet District. It was split into Marakwet and Keiyo Districts in 1994.

Many famous Kenyan runners come from Marakwet, most notably Moses Kiptanui, Evans Rutto, Reuben Kosgei, Ezekiel Kemboi and Richard Chelimo.

The district has only one local authority, Marakwet county council. Its population is thus same as the district (140,629). The council and district has no population classified as urban (1999 census [2])..

Administrative divisions[edit]

Division Population* Headquarters
Chebiemit 18,559 Chebiemit
Kapcherop 39,328 Kapcherop
Kapsowar 19,647 Kapsowar
Kapyego 11,452 Kapyego
Tirap 23,311 Kapchebau
Tot 17,744 Tot
Tunyo 10,588
* 1999 census. Source: [1]


The district has two constituencies:


  1. ^ Communications Commission of Kenya: Status of Coverage of Communications Services
  2. ^ Kenya National Bureau of Statistics: Population of local authorities

Coordinates: 0°56′54″N 35°30′31″E / 0.94833°N 35.50861°E / 0.94833; 35.50861