Meru County

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Distinct from its capital, the town of Meru, and its districts.
Meru County
Lake Michaelson is in the background
Lake Michaelson is in the background
Flag of Meru County
Coat of arms of Meru County
Coat of arms
Location of Meru County (Green)
Location of Meru County (Green)
Country  Kenya
Formed March 4th 2013
Capital Meru
 • Governor Peter Munya
 • Total 6,936 km2 (2,678 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 1,356,301 [1]
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Meru County is one of the 47 counties of Kenya, located in the former Eastern Province.

Meru County is the home of the Ameru (Meru) ethnicity, which is sometimes described as being related to other ethnicities living around the Mount Kenya region: the Kikuyu, Embu people and to some extent the Kamba people. The Ameru generally fit into the "Bantu" group of people who have been native to the Mt. Kenya area for many, many years — well before colonization of Kenya by Great Britain in the 19th Century. The people of Meru County are now predominantly ChristianMethodist, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, and other denominations, reflecting the work of missionaries — with also minorities of Indian descent, who are mainly Hindus, and African/Arab descent, who are Muslims. Meru County also has some resident Europeans predominantly British in ancestry.

The county headquarters is in the town of Meru. The current governor of Meru County is Hon. Peter Munya APK.


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Coordinates: 0°3′N 37°38′E / 0.050°N 37.633°E / 0.050; 37.633