Baringo County

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Turkana County
Sunset over Lake Baringo, Baringo County, Kenya
Sunset over Lake Baringo, Baringo County, Kenya
Flag of Turkana County
Flag
Coat of arms of Turkana County
Coat of arms
Location in Kenya
Location in Kenya
Country Kenya
Formed4 March 2013
CapitalKabarnet
Government
 • GovernorStanley Kiptis
Area
 • Total11,075.3 km2 (4,276.2 sq mi)
Population
 (2009)
 • Total555,561[1]
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
Websitebaringo.go.ke

Baringo County is one of the 47 Counties of Kenya. It is located in the former Rift Valley Province. Its headquarters and largest town is Kabarnet. The county is home to Lake Baringo.

Geographical location[edit]

Baringo bounded by Turkana County and West Pokot County to the North, Samburu County and Laikipia County to the East, Nakuru County and Kericho County to the South, Uasin Gishu County to the South West and Elgeyo Marakwet County to the West. It covers an area of 8,655 sq km. Baringo County lies between Latitudes 00 degrees 13" South and 1 degree 40" north and Longitudes 35 degrees 36" and 36" degrees 30" East.

Demographics[edit]

The county has a population of 555,561[1] (2009 census) and an area of 11,075.3 km2 (4,276.2 sq mi).

Religion and ethnicities[edit]

The county is occupied by the Tugen, Pokot and Njemps. A sizeable population of Nubians is found in Eldama-Ravine. Christianity is the most practiced religion in the county. Baringo county has many tribes including Tugens, Njemps, Pokots, Turkanas, Kikuyus, Numbians and Kisiis.

County government[edit]

The County Governor is Stanley Kiptis and is deputized by Jacob Kurui Chepkwony. The Senator is Gideon Moi while the County Women is Gladwell Tungo. The County Executive Committee consists of the following:

CEC Member Docket
Mrs. Scola Jepkesei Kimeliy Industrialization, Commerce Tourism and Enterprise Development
Mrs. Lilian Sadalla Land, Housing and Urban Planning
Mr. Edwin Riamangura Youth, Gender, Labour and Social Services
Mr. Job Kibei Tomno Water and Irrigation
Ms. Caroline Lentupuru Environment and Natural Resources
Mr. Philemon Rono Transport and Infrastructure
Mrs. Emily Kibet Education
Mr. Lukah Rotich Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries

Economics[edit]

The economy of the county is mainly agro-based. The main food crops grown are maize, pigeon peas, beans, Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, sorghum, cassava and finger millet while the cash crops are coffee, cotton, macadamia and pyrethrum.[2] Livestock products include honey, beef, mutton as well as hides and skins. However, little value addition is done to these products.

Urbanization[edit]

Major urban centres in the county are Kabarnet, Eldama Ravine, Marigat, Mogotio, Kabartonjo and Chemolingot.

Tourism and Wildlife[edit]

Major attractions include:[3]

  • Lake Bogoria and Kapedo Hotsprings
  • Lake Bogoria Game Reserve is home to rare kudus, antelopes, zebras, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, mongoose, monkeys, baboons and jackals. At the shores of Lake Bogoria are more than two millions lesser flamingoes and 350 bird species total.
  • Kabarnet National Museum and Kipsaraman Community Museum
  • Ruko Conservancy

Major tourist hotels in the county are:

  • Lake Bogoria Hotel and Spa Resort
  • Kabarnet Hotel, Kabarnet
  • Sinkoro Hotel Ltd, Kabarnet
  • Soi Safari Lodge
  • Sportsline Hotel, Kabarnet
  • Taidy’s Restaurant, Eldama Ravine
  • Kibelion Hotel, Emining

Education[edit]

Kabarnet town hosts a number of university campuses including those of Mount Kenya University, Egerton University, and Kisii University.

Secondary schools include Kabarnet High School, Baringo High School, Kapropita High School, and Kituro High School.

Health[edit]

Kabarnet County Referral Hospital is the largest and best public hospital in the county.

Transport and infrastructure[edit]

The county headquarters is linked to Nakuru and Eldoret by class C roads which fall under the Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA).

In January 2016, Fly-SAX began twice-weekly flights between Lake Baringo Airport and Nairobi–Wilson, becoming the first airline to serve the airport.[4]

Constituencies[edit]

The county has six constituencies: Baringo Central, Baringo South, Baringo North, Eldama Ravine, Mogotio, and Tiaty.

Villages and settlements[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kenya Census 2009 - Kenya - Census". Scribd.
  2. ^ "Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries". www.baringo.go.ke. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  3. ^ "Industrialization, Commerce, Tourism & Enterprise Development". www.baringo.go.ke. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  4. ^ "Fly SAX starts flights to Lake Baringo". African Aerospace. 14 December 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2016.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 0°40′N 36°00′E / 0.667°N 36.000°E / 0.667; 36.000