Isiolo County

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Isiolo County
County
Location in Kenya
Location in Kenya
Country  Kenya
Formed March 4th 2013
Capital Isiolo
Government
 • Governor Mohammed Kuti
Area
 • Total 25,336.1 km2 (9,782.3 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 143,294 [1]
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Website isiolocounty.go.ke

Isiolo County is a county in the former Eastern Province of Kenya. Its population is 143,294 (2009 census),[1] and its capital is Isiolo. Isiolo County is to be the first county to be developed as part of the Kenya Vision 2030 program. Its capital and largest town is Isiolo.

The local topography is arid or semi-arid low plains. Ewaso Nyiro River flows through the county and partly bounds it.

Notable people[edit]

Culture and Media[edit]

Isiolo County is a multi-cultural society with several ethnic communities residing in the region. They include: Borana people , Turkana people , Meru people and Somali people .

Several media houses are located in the county Including: Radio Shahidi, Baliti Fm , Angaf Radio among others. Radio Shahidi is a community radio station in Isiolo, set up and owned by the Catholic Diocese of Isiolo. covers a radius of about 120 km from Isiolo town at a frequency of 97.1 fm. The Radio covers Isiolo Central, Isiolo West, Isiolo South, some parts of Meru County, Some parts of Samburu County up to Maralal town and some parts of Laikipia County. It mainly broadcasts in Swahili and English languages.

Other media houses in Isiolo county mainly broadcast in the local Borana language. They include Baliti Fm and Angaf Radio which covers a radius of about 140km from Isiolo town.

Infrastructure and Transport[edit]

Isiolo county is home to the Isiolo Airport which was recently upgraded to an International Airport. It is located on the border of Isiolo County and Meru County , with half of the runaway extending into Meru County. Its location is approximately 283 kilometres (176 mi), by road, and about 200 kilometres (120 mi), by air, north-east of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya's largest civilian airport. The airport sits on a piece of land that measures 260 hectares (642 acres) and its passenger terminal building measures 4,500 square metres (48,438 sq ft). The geographic coordinates of this airport are:0° 20' 37.00"N, 37° 35' 16.00"E (Latitude:0.343610; Longitude:37.587778).

Subdivisions[edit]

Isiolo County has only one local authority, Isiolo county council. The district has two constituencies: Isiolo North Constituency and Isiolo South Constituency. The county is divided into six administrative divisions:

Administrative divisions
Division Population* Urban pop.* Headquarters
Central 52,280 18,077 Isiolo
Garba Tula 7,010 1,883 Garba Tula
Kinna 7,133 3,572 Kinna
Merti 15,771 3,415 Merti
Oldonyiro 9,669 0
Sericho 8,998 1,277
Total 100,861 28,224 -
* 1999 census. Sources: [2], [3],

Services and Urbanisation[edit]

Stats for Isiolo County
County
Stats for the County (Percent)
Urbanisation
43.5
Literacy
59.8
Attending School (15-18 Yrs)
58.4
Paved Roads
0.2
Good Roads
67.5
Electricity Access
18.5
Poverty Rate
72.6

Stats for the County

Source: USAid Kenya

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Coordinates: 0°53′00″N 38°40′00″E / 0.883333°N 38.6667°E / 0.883333; 38.6667