Baringo County

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Baringo County
Flag of Baringo County
Coat of arms of Baringo County
Location in Kenya
Location in Kenya
Country Kenya
Formed4 March 2013
CapitalKabarnet
Government
 • GovernorBenjamin Cheboi
Area
 • Total11,075.3 km2 (4,276.2 sq mi)
Population
 (2019 census)
 • Total666,763
 • Density60/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
Websitebaringo.go.ke

Baringo County is one of the 47 counties in 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 km2. Baringo County lies between Latitudes 00 degrees 13" South and 1 degree 40" north and Longitudes 35 degrees 36" and 36" degrees 30" East.[1]

Administrative and political units[edit]

Baringo has seven administrative sub-counties

  1. Baringo Central
  2. Tiaty East
  3. Tiaty West
  4. Eldama Ravine
  5. Baringo South
  6. Mogotio
  7. Baringo North


  • Eldama Ravine and Mogotio sub counties combined was formerly Koibatek District*

Administrative and electoral units in Baringo County[edit]

Baringo county has a total of thirty electoral wards and one hundred and sixteen locations.[2] The electoral wards is run by an elected member of county assembly where-areas location is led by Chief appointed.

Constituency Area KM sq Electoral Wards Locations
Baringo South 1,678 4 17
Mogotio 1,315 3 24
Eldama Ravine 1,003 6 16
Baringo Central 800 5 21
Baringo North 1,704 5 14
Tiaty 4,517 7 24
Total 11,015 30 116

Source[3][4][5]

Demographics[edit]

The county has a population of 666,763 (2019 census) and an area of 10,976.4 km2 (4,238.0 sq mi).[6]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1979 203,792—    
1989 347,990+70.8%
1999 403,141+15.8%
2009 555,561+37.8%
2019 666,763+20.0%
source:[7]

Distribution of population by sex and sub-county[edit]

Subcounty Male Female Intersex Total
1 Baringo Central 48,120 48,829 2 96,951
2 Baringo North 52,369 52,500 2 104,871
3 East Pokot 40,462 39,459 2 79,923
4 Eldama Ravine 65,295 64,238 2 129,535
5 Baringo South 45,706 45,246 3 90,955
6 Mogotio 47,014 45,088 2 91,104
7 Tiaty East 38,356 35,068 - 73,424
TOTAL 336,322 330,428 13 666,673

Source[8][3]

Religion and ethnicities[edit]

Red Cross team at work in East Pokot

The county is largely occupied by the Tugen and Pokot people, which are subtribes of the Kalenjin people. The Tugen people include the Aror, Samor, Torois, Keben, Kakimor, Bokor, Lembus, Chapchap and the Sachek of Sacho. Other communities residing in Baringo County include the Ilchamus, Turkana, Kikuyu, Numbians, and others. Christianity is the most practiced religion in the county. Traditionally, Baringo people believed in a Supreme Being known as Asis, who is represented by the sun; however, currently, most individuals in the county believe in Christianity.[9] The well-known Christian denominations within Baringo County include the African Inland Church (AIC), Anglican Church of Kenya(ACK), FGCK and Roman Catholic.[9]

County government[edit]

The current County Governor is Benjamin Chesire Cheboi,[10] the deputy governor is Eng. Felix Kipngo'k who is the eldest son of the former deputy governor Charles Kipng'ok[11] who collapsed and died on September 14, 2022 at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport while boarding a plane to Mombasa; barely a month after taking oath of office. The current Senator is William Kipkorir Cheptumo[12] after overwhelmingly defeating the former senator Gideon Moi[13] on August 9 polls. The current County Women Representative is Flowrence Jematiah Sergon.[14] The County Executive Committee [15] consists of the following:

CEC Member Docket
Mrs. Scola Jepkesei Kimeli Devolution, Public Service Management and Administration, e-government and ICT
Mr. Richard K Rotich Health Services & Ag. CEC Land, Housing and Urban Development
Ms. Mary Chebet Panga Environment, Natural Resources, Tourism and Wildlife Management
Dr. Maureen Jemutai Rotich Water and Irrigation & Ag. CEC Agriculture, Livestock Development and Fisheries
Mr. Elijah Kiprop Kipkoros Environment and Natural Resources
Mr. Enock Keston Transport, Public Works and Infrastructure & Ag. County Secretary
Mr. David Sergon Chesire Education, Sports, Youth, Gender Affairs,Culture and Social Services & Ag. CEC Industry , Commerce, Enterprise and Co-orperative Development

Other CEC Positions shall be updated by Ruzeki[16] once they are filled.

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.[17] 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, Chemolingot and Tangulbei.

Tourism and wildlife[edit]

Major attractions include:[18]

  • 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.
  • Lake Baringo
  • Lake Baringo Snake Park has many snake species such as the black mamba, puff adder, boomslang and spitting cobra, monitor lizards, crocodiles and tortoises.
  • Lake Kamnarok
  • Kabarnet National Museum and Kipsaraman Community Museum
  • Ruko Conservancy
  • Cheploch Gorge

Major tourist hotels in the county are:

  • Sunmaya Resort and World Trail Camps, Ainobmoi
  • 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
  • Lalwa Safari Lodge, Koriema

Education[edit]

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

Secondary schools include Kabarnet High School,solian girls, Baringo High School, Kapropita High School, and Kituro High School, Tabagon Girls, Pemwai Girls, Tenges Boys among others

There are six hundred and eighty seven primary schools, out of this 601 are public and 86 are private schools.[2] In Secondary school category they are a total of one hundred and fifty nine (159) schools; one hundred and forty seven being public secondary schools and twelve being private public secondary schools.[19]

Health[edit]

Kabarnet County Referral Hospital is the largest and best public hospital in the county. There are a total of 172 health facilities; seven level four, 25 level three and 140 level 2 centres.[20]

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.[21][2]

There are 339 km bitumen, 2141 murram and 995 km earth roads in the county.[22][23] As at 2014 a total of 9 postal offices were spread across the county with letter boxes of 2950 installed, 2510 rented and 440 vacant.[24]

Constituencies[edit]

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

Villages and settlements[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Baringo County Government - Home". www.baringo.go.ke. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (2015). County Statistical Abstract Baringo County. Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.
  3. ^ a b "Publications". Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Baringo County Government - Who We Are". www.baringo.go.ke. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  5. ^ interior_admin. "Home". interior.go.ke. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  6. ^ Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (2019). 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census. Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.
  7. ^ Kenya: Administrative Division population statistics
  8. ^ Munene, Evans (4 November 2019). "2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census Results". Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  9. ^ a b "About Baringo County in Kenya". www.kenya-information-guide.com. Archived from the original on 3 December 2019. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Baringo County Government - Governor Cheboi starts 5 day development tour of Tiaty".
  11. ^ https://baringo.go.ke/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11&catid=15&Itemid=163
  12. ^ "Sen. Kipkiror William Cheptumo | the Kenyan Parliament Website".
  13. ^ "Sen. Moi Gideon Kipsielei | the Kenyan Parliament Website".
  14. ^ "Sergon Jematiah Flowrence | East African Legislative Assembly".
  15. ^ https://www.baringo.go.ke/
  16. ^ https://twitter.com/IamRuzeki[bare URL]
  17. ^ "Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries". www.baringo.go.ke. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  18. ^ "Industrialization, Commerce, Tourism & Enterprise Development". www.baringo.go.ke. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  19. ^ "Home". www.education.go.ke. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  20. ^ "Baringo County Government - Health Services". baringo.go.ke. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  21. ^ "Fly SAX starts flights to Lake Baringo". African Aerospace. 14 December 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  22. ^ "Home". www.kerra.go.ke. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  23. ^ "Baringo Region". www.kerra.go.ke. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  24. ^ "Postal Corporation of Kenya". www.posta.co.ke. Retrieved 25 May 2020.

External links[edit]

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