Mathioya Constituency is an electoral constituency in Kenya. It is one of three constituencies of Muranga District. The constituency has four wards comprising Kiharu, Kahuro, Kangema, and Mathioya all electing councillors to the Muranga County council.
Mathioya Constituency has five Locations: Aberdare Forest, Gitugi, Kamacharia, Kiru, Njumbi, and Rwathia. According to the Muranga District’s Statistics Office 2001, Mathioya’s population is 110,139, and is the second largest Constituency after Kiharu with 136.9 sq miles (220.8sq. km). Mathioya however is the most densely populated with 110,139 against the nearest Kahuro Constituency with 92,104.
It prides itself with the great River Mathioya named after the constituency and which is one of the hardest rafting rivers in Kenya with over 137 ft of descent over its 13.7-mile length. It attracts tourists who risk kayaking through the swift meanders. Mathioya Constituency has a steep hilly topography and a climate suitable mainly for tea production, although there are pockets of coffee plantations. The lower parts of Mathioya also grow the macadamia nuts which were introduced in the mid 80’s by the Kenya Nut Company, while the upper part, which is much cooler due to the proximity to Mount Kenya grows pears, plums, and apples.
The following Members of Parliament have represented the Constituency.
Members of Parliament
|1966||Julius Gikonyo Kiano||KANU|
|1979||John Joseph Kamotho||KANU|
|1983||John Joseph Kamotho||KANU|
|1988||John Njoroge Michuki||KANU|
|1992||John Njoroge Michuki||Ford-Asili||Mathioya Constituency was created in 1992|
|1997||F. Njakwe Maina||Ford-People|
|2002||John Joseph Kamotho||NARC|
|2007||Clement Muchiri Wambugu||PNU|
Locations and wards
- Center for Multiparty Democracy: Politics and Parliamenterians in Kenya 1944-2007
- information.go.ke: CDF allocation by sector and location (2003-6)
- Electoral Commission of Kenya: Registered voters per polling station by electoral area/ward and constituency