Garissa County

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Garissa County
County garissa
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
Formed March 4th 2013
Capital Garissa
 • Governor Ali Bunow Korane (Jubilee)
 • Deputy Governor Abdi Dagane Muhumed (Jubilee)
 • Senator Yusuf Haji (Jubilee)
 • Women Representative Anab Mohamed Gure (Jubilee)
 • Total 45,720.2 km2 (17,652.7 sq mi)
Elevation 1,138 m (3,734 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 623,060 [1]
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Garissa County is an administrative County in the former North Eastern Province of Kenya. Its capital and largest urban area is Garissa. The large complex of refugee camps at Dadaab, with more than 260,000 Somali refugees (as of August 31, 2016), is located in Garissa County.[2] The county has a population of 923,060, and a land area of about 45,720.2 km².


Garissa County is mostly inhabited by ethnic Somalis. It has six constituencies:

County Cabinet[edit]

  1. H.E Nathif Jama Adam - Governor[3]
  2. H.E Hon. Abdullahi Hussein - Deputy Governor
  3. Hon. Mohamud Hassan Mursal - County Secretary
  4. Hon. Salah Yakub Farah - Cabinet Secretary in charge of Energy,Environment and Tourism
  5. Hon. Mohamed salah Cabinet Secretary in charge of Health, Water and Sanitation
  6. Hon. Idriss Aden Mukhtar - Cabinet Secretary in charge of Finance and Economic planning
  7. Hon. Hussein Hajir Hassan - Cabinet Secretary in charge of Education, Youth, Polytechnics and Sports
  8. Hon. Hajir Mohamed Dahiye - Cabinet Secretary in charge of Commerce and Cooperatives Development
  9. Hon. Ahmed Aden Hire - Cabinet Secretary in charge of Land,Housing Development and Public Works
  10. Hon. Hubbie Hussein Al-haji - Cabinet Secretary in charge of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries
  11. Hon. Halima Mohamed Hajji - Cabinet Secretary in charge of Children affairs, Social Welfare and Women Empowerment
  12. Hon. Sophia Sheikh Omar - Cabinet Secretary in charge of Culture and Intercommunity affairs
  13. Hon. Abdihakim S. Dayib - Cabinet Secretary in charge of Transport and Infrastructure

County Assembly[edit]

According to the new Constitution that was enacted in 2010, each County will have an assembly whose members are elected from single member constituencies known as wards. There may also be a number of nominated members as this is necessary to ensure that neither male nor female members constitute more than two-thirds of the assembly. There will also be 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 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.

County Public Service Board[edit]

According to the new Constitution, a County Public Service Board shall consist of:

(a) a chairperson nominated and appointed by the county governor with the approval of the county Assembly.
(b) not less than three but not more than five other members nominated and appointed by the county governor, with the approval of the county assembly.
(c) a certified public secretary of good professional standing nominated and appointed by the governor with the approval of the county assembly who shall be the secretary to the board.

The appointment of the members of the County Public Service Board shall be through a competitive process.

The Garissa County Public Service Board Consists of:

  1. Mr. Harun Mohamed - Chairman
  2. Mrs. Fardosa Abdikadir Hussein -Vice-Chair
  3. Miss. Annette Wambui Muriuki -Secretary
  4. Mr. Abdisalam Sheikh Mohamed - Member
  5. Mr. Abdirizak Said Aden - Member
  6. Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim Abdi - Member
  7. Mr. Mohamed Dahir Yussuf - Member


The functions of the County Public Service Board shall be, on behalf of the county government, to—[citation needed]

(a) establish and abolish offices in the county public service;
(b) appoint persons to hold or act in offices of the county public service including in the Boards of cities and urban areas within the county and to confirm appointments;
(c) exercise disciplinary control over, and remove, persons holding or acting in those offices as provided for under this Part;
(d) prepare regular reports for submission to the county assembly on the execution of the functions of the Board;
(e) promote in the county public service the values and principles;
(f) evaluate and report to the county assembly on the extent to which the values and principles referred to in Articles 10 and 232 are complied with in the county public service;
(g) facilitate the development of coherent, integrated human resource planning and budgeting for personnel emoluments in counties;
(h) advise the county government on human resource management and development;
(i) advise county government on implementation and monitoring of the national performance management system in counties;
(j) make recommendations to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission, on behalf of the county government, on the remuneration, pensions and gratuities for county public service employees.
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: [1][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
Jarajila 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: [2]

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. ^ "Kenya Census 2009". Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ "UNHCR Refugees in the Horn of Africa: Somali Displacement Crisis". UNHCR Refugees in the Horn of Africa: Somali Displacement Crisis. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  3. ^ "Members of the County Executive". Garissa County Government. Archived from the original on 19 March 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 

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