Garissa County

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Garissa County
Flag of Garissa County
Coat of arms of Garissa County
Coat of arms
Location in Kenya
Location in Kenya
Coordinates: 0°27′25″S 39°39′30″E / 0.45694°S 39.65833°E / -0.45694; 39.65833Coordinates: 0°27′25″S 39°39′30″E / 0.45694°S 39.65833°E / -0.45694; 39.65833
Country Kenya
FormedMarch 4th 2013
 • GovernorAli Bunow Korane (Jubilee)
 • Deputy GovernorAbdi Dagane Muhumed (Jubilee)
 • SenatorYusuf Haji (Jubilee)
 • Women RepresentativeAnab Mohamed Gure (Jubilee)
 • Total45,720.2 km2 (17,652.7 sq mi)
1,138 m (3,734 ft)
 • Total841,353
 • Density18/km2 (48/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Garissa County is an administrative County in the former North Eastern Province of Kenya. Its capital and largest urban area is Garissa. As of August 31, 2016, Garissa county had more than 260,000 Somali refugees in refugee camps at Dadaab, which is located in Garissa County.[1] The county has a population of 400,060, and a land area of about 45,720.2 km2 (17,652.7 sq mi).


Garissa County is mostly inhabited by ethnic Somalis.

Historical population
1979 128,867—    
1989 124,835−3.1%
1999 392,510+214.4%
2009 623,060+58.7%
2019 841,353+35.0%
Fafi 134,040−84.1%
Ijara 275,575+40.5%


It has six constituencies:

County Cabinet[edit]

  • H.E Ali Bunow Korane - Governor[3]
  • H.E Hon. Abdi Dagane Muhumed - Deputy Governor

County executives[edit]

  • Hon. Abdi Muhumed Ali - County Secretary
  • Hon. Habon A. Maalim - Energy, Environment and Tourism
  • Hon. Ahmednadhir Omar - Health, Water and Sanitation
  • Hon. Roble Nuno - Finance and Economic planning
  • Hon. Habiba Nasib - Education, Youth, Polytechnics and Sports
  • Hon. Adow Kalil Jubat - Commerce and Cooperatives Development
  • Hon. Mohamed Abdi Shalle - Land, Housing Development and Public Works
  • Hon. Issa Yarrow Kahin - Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries
  • Hon. Zeinab Abdi Digale - Children affairs, Social Welfare and Youth
  • Hon. Issa Dubow Oyow - Water and Irrigation
  • Hon. Abdi Omar - Transport and Infrastructure

County Assembly[edit]

According to the new Constitution that was enacted in 2010,Garisaa County has an assembly whose members are elected from single member constituencies known as wards. There are also nominated members to ensure two-thirds gender rule is followed. There are six nominated members to represent marginalised groups (persons with disabilities, and the youth) and a speaker who will be an ex-official member of the assembly. A County Assembly member is elected for a term of five years. The Speaker is elected by the assembly members from among people who are not members of the Assembly. The Speaker presides over all sittings of the assembly and in his absence is deputised a deputy speaker who is elected from members within the assembly. The County assembly exercises an oversight over the County Government and makes laws that are necessary to ensure the smooth performance of the county government.

Local authorities (councils)
Authority Type Population* Urban pop.*
Garissa Municipality 65,881 50,955
Garissa County County 264,058 14,820
Total - 329,939 65,775
* 1999 census. Source: [2][permanent dead link]
Administrative divisions
Division Population* Pop. density* Area (km²) Headquarters
Balambala 13,071 7 1867,3
Benane 13,381 16 836,3 Benane
Bura 13,009 2 6504,5
Central 70,791 82 863,3 Garissa
Dadaab 103,671 29 4505,9 Dadaab
Danyere 8,652 8 1081,5
Jarajilla 50,455 6 8409,2
Liboi 17,140 5 3428,0 Liboi
Modogashe 14,656 7 2093,7 Mado Gashi
Sankuri 11,713 6 1952,2
Shant Abak 13,329 4 3332,3
Total 329,868 - 34874,2 -
* 1999 census. Sources: [3]

Services and Urbanisation[edit]

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

Stats for the County

Source: USAid Kenya

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Total Refugees from Somalia". Operational Portal: Refugee Situations. UNHCR. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  2. ^ [1] Kenya: Administrative Division population statistics
  3. ^ "Members of the County Executive". Garissa County Government. Archived from the original on 19 March 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2014.

External links[edit]

Media related to Garissa County at Wikimedia Commons