Chogoria is a town located in Mwimbi Division of Tharaka-Nithi County of Kenya. It is located roughly 140 Miles (about 225 km) from Nairobi. It is connected to the rest of the country by the all-weather, tarmacked Embu road. The closest town to Chogoria is Chuka. Other surrounding towns are Egoji, Nkubu, Meru and Embu. The town has a total population of 28,637 and an urban population of 2,500 (1999 census ) That shows that Chogoria is more or less a marketplace for its surroundings.
Chogoria town grew primarily due to the presence of the Chogoria Hospital. The hospital was established in 1922 by Dr. Clive Irvine, a Scottish missionary and it has grown to one of the leading hospitals in the region
Chogoria Hospital is a general hospital providing adult and paediatric medical and surgical services; outpatient clinics including several subspecialist clinics such as diabetes and HIV medicine; obstetric and gynaecology, oncology and palliative care. The hospital has a level 2 neo-natal nursery attached to the obstetric unit. Basic laboratory services are also available on site. Residents of Chogoria also access medical care from Egoji St. Ann Hospital, Chuka Consolata Hospital, and the Chuka District Hospital-a Government-run Hospital,
Chogoria is pre-dominantly Christian with the a majority of the residents being members of the Presbyterian Church. The Catholic Church consolidated its presence in the area in 2010 by commissioning a town Church and a Parish (Christ the King). Several evangelical ministries also exist.
Chogoria is also an educational hub, featuring several primary and secondary schools within the urban area. These include Chogoria Girls Boarding Primary School, Chogoria Boys Boarding Primary School, Among the high schools are Chogoria Boys and Chogoria Girls and The Chogoria Senior School. There are also several private schools including Chogoria Academy, Milimani Academy, Chogoria Junior, Santa Ritz and Gateway. The town also hosts the Clive Irvine Nursing College. There are some very good public schools, both secondary and primary, established in the recent past.
Chogoria town is also one of the routes to the World Famous Mount Kenya. Mountain climbers often use Transit Motel in the outskirts of the township as their base. Very recommended is Kilimo Talii about 3 km before the town coming from Embu and 400m from main road. It is a community based resort run by Kenaff (Kenyan National Farmers Federation). To the main gate of National park it is about 26km on a fairly good gravel road.
Chogoria and the surrounding area politics were dominated by the Democratic Party that was led by Kenya's third president, President Mwai Kibaki from 1992 to 2002. When NARC was formed in 2002, the population shifted their allegiance to NARC. If follow then that the local residents shifted to PNU in the contested 2007 elections and overwhelmingly voted for the PNU candidate - Mwai Kibaki. In the four elections that Kibaki contested, the area overwhelmingly supported him.
Chogoria is currently part of Maara Constituency. The area MP Japhet Kareke Mbiuki was initially elected as the MP for Nithi; a constituency that was later split into two(2), Maara and Chuka-Igambang'ombe. Hon Mbiuki was re-elected to the National Assembly to represent Maara during the 4 March 2013 elections through The National Alliance Party (TNA) also a member of the Jubilee Coalition. Chogoria is also the hometown of the late Bernard Mate, a philosopher-politician who was one of the prominent Kenyan leaders at independence.
Chogoria is basically an agriculture-reliant economy. The area is endowed with a climate that is suited to production of many types of crops including Coffee and Tea. Dairy farming is also practiced in the area.Other sources of employment and income include the timber industry, tourism (starting point for excursions to Mount Kenya National Park)and retail trade in household goods.
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