Busia County

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Busia County
Flag of Busia County
Coat of arms of Busia County
Coat of arms
Location in Kenya
Location in Kenya
Country Kenya
FormedMarch 4th 2013
CapitalBusia, Kenya
 • GovernorSospeter Ojaamong
 • Deputy GovernorMoses Okhoba Mulomi
 • Total1,628.4 km2 (628.7 sq mi)
 • Total893,681 [1]
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Busia is a county in the former Western Province of Kenya. It borders Kakamega County to the east, Bungoma County to the north, Lake Victoria and Siaya County to the south and Busia District, Uganda to the west.


The main economic activity is trade with neighbouring Uganda, with Busia town - the county headquarters and largest town - being a cross-border centre. Away from town, the county economy is heavily reliant on fishing and agriculture, with cassava, millet, sweet potatoes, beans, and maize and sugarcane being the principal cash crops.[2]


Agriculture play a key role for the livelihood of people in busia county. Scounties grow different crops as follows

  • Teso South mainly grows maize, cassava, sorghum, beans, and irrigated rice,
  • Bunyala grows sorghum,cassava, sweet potatoes.
  • Nambale grows Horticulturals, Field crops,Sugarcane Maize,Beans,Sorghum,
  • Teso South grows Cotton,Cassava,Tomato

Soource; Department of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Busia County [3]


11 Best Places to Visit in Busia County

1. Lake Victoria 2. Kakapel Monument 3. Samia Hills 4. Kavirondo Rocks 5. Yala Swamp 6. Malaba Sanctuary 7. River Nzoia 8. Sio Siteki Swamp

More about this sites at Finding Kenya


Busia county has a has a total population of 893,681 persons, of this426,252 are females, 467,401 are male 28 Intersex person. The county has a population density of 527 persons with an average household size of 4.5 persons.[4]

Population Distribution per Sub-county
Sub-County Population
Bunyala 85,977
Busia 142,408
Butula. 140,334
Nambale 111,636
Samia 107,176
Teso North 138,034
Teso South 168,116
TOTAL 893,681

Source [5]

Historical population
1979 297,841—    
1989 401,658+34.9%
1999 552,099+37.5%
2009 743,946+34.7%
2019 893,681+20.1%

Though most residents of Busia County are ethnically Luhya, there is also a substantial population of Luo and Iteso residents.

Administrative and Political Units[edit]

Administrative Units[edit]

Busia county is made up seven administrative sub-counties, thirty five county ward assemblies, sicty locations and one hundred and eighty one sub-locations.


Political Leadership[edit]

Sospeter Ojaamong has been governor since being first elected in 2013 and he will finish his second term in 2022 and thus not eligible to run for the seat.[7] [8]He is deputises by Kizito Osore Wangalwa. Amos Wako Sitswila has been Busia senator since 2013 after being elected as the first senator.[9] Florence Mwikali Mutua is the current women representative after taking office in 2013.[10][11]


Busia County has a total of 81 health facilities, out of this 1 county referral hospital, 6 Sub County Hospitals, 12 Health Centres, 49 Dispensaries, 10 Medical Clinics, 6 Nursing Homes and 1 in the other categories.[12]

Common diseases in the county include Malaria, Respiratory Diseases, and diarrhoea.[13]


Busia county has a total of 735 pre-primary schools, 551 primary schools, 152 secondary schools.[3] As at 2014 the county had an enrolment 255,008 students in Primary schools and 41,332 students in secondary schools.[14]

Transport and Infrastructure[edit]

The county has 470km of earth roads, 740km of murram roads and 75km of bitumen roads.[15] [16]A total of seven postal offices are spread across the county with 3,200 letter boxes installed, 2,284 letter boxes rented and 916 Letter boxes vacant.[17]

Services and Urbanisation[edit]

Stats for Busia County
Stats for the County (Percent)
Attending School (15-18 Yrs)
Paved Roads
Good Roads
Electricity Access
Poverty Rate

Stats for the County

Source: USAid Kenya

Busia County Think Tank Society[edit]

Professionals in Busia County have formed Busia County Think Tank Society in bid to bring together all professionals and other stakeholders of Busia County to donate their expertise for the sole purpose of growth and development of Busia County. The founders of this society include: Dr. Vitalis Ogemah, a Lecturer at Masinde Muliro University; Major (Rtd) Patrick Musibi, a Consultant on Developmental matters; Mr. Sylvester Namagwa, a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya and a Management expert; and Bonaventure Nalugala, an Economist and Tax consultant. The activities of the society covers virtually all spheres of the economy.

Busia County Think Tank Society is a ‘give back to the society’ initiative, where professionals in their respective areas of specialization donate their brain and expertise to help the county make progress in all its spheres for economic growth and development.[citation needed]

Villages and settlements[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ {{cite web|url=https://www.knbs.or.ke/?wpdmpro=2019-kenya-population-and-housing-census-volume-i-population-by-county-and-sub-county%7Cwebsite=Knbs}
  2. ^ Busia county. "Busia County Intergrated Development Plan" (PDF).
  3. ^ a b "Publications". Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  4. ^ Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (2019). 2019 Kenya Population and House Census: Population by County and Sub-county. Volume 1. Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. pp. 9, 10, 19. ISBN 9789966102096.
  5. ^ Munene, Evans (4 November 2019). "2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census Results". Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  6. ^ Kenya: Administrative Division population statistics
  7. ^ "Governors & Deputy Governors". cog.go.ke. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  8. ^ "County Government of Busia – United For Development". Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Members of the Senate | The Kenyan Parliament Website". www.parliament.go.ke. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Women Representatives | KEWOPA KENYA". Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  11. ^ "Hon. Mutua, Florence Mwikali | The Kenyan Parliament Website". www.parliament.go.ke. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  12. ^ Busia County Health Department. "Busia County Integrated Development Plan 2018 -2022" (PDF). Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  13. ^ Kaggikah, Don (15 December 2017). "Busia County - 040 -". Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  14. ^ "Home". www.education.go.ke. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  15. ^ "Home". www.kerra.go.ke. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  16. ^ "Home". kura.go.ke. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  17. ^ "Publications". Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 26 May 2020.

Coordinates: 0°26′N 34°9′E / 0.433°N 34.150°E / 0.433; 34.150