Athi River (town)

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Athi River
Photo of Athi River
Photo of Athi River
Athi River is located in Kenya
Athi River
Athi River
Location in Kenya
Coordinates: 1°27′S 36°59′E / 1.450°S 36.983°E / -1.450; 36.983
Country Kenya
CountyMachakos County
 • Total693 km2 (268 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total139,380[1]
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Athi River is a town outside Nairobi, Kenya in Machakos County. The town is named after the Athi River, which passes through. It is also known as Mavoko.

Athi River hosts the Mavoko Municipal Council and is the headquarters of Mavoko division, which is part of Machakos County. The town's population is 137,211 (2009 census[3]), and it is still growing due to its proximity to the Kenyan capital city of Nairobi.


Mavoko was carved off the Nairobi County Council in 1963, when the latter was disbanded. Mavoko municipality has six wards (Athi River West, Katani, Kinanie/Mathani, Makadara, Muthwani and Sophia). All these wards belong to Kathiani constituency, which has a total of ten wards. The remaining four wards are within Masaku County Council.[4]


The town is relatively industrialised for Kenya. There are six cement factories located within the town: Bamburi Cement, Mombasa Cement, East Africa Portland Cement Company, Savannah Cement, National Cement and Athi River Mining.


The Daystar University has a campus in the town.


Athi River has a railway station built in 1920 along the Uganda Railway, from Mombasa to Kisumu. There is also a new railway station on the Mombasa–Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 July 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
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  4. ^ Electoral Commission of Kenya: Registration centres by electoral area and constituency Archived 28 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine.

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