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Kabete is one of 12 constituencies within Kiambu County, as of 2012.[1] In 2010 when reforms were made to Kenya's Constitution, the country was organized into 47 counties in order to foster a more decentralized government throughout the country. The delineations of these counties align (almost exactly) with the demarcations of the legally recognized districts, established in 1989 during President Arap Moi's presidency.[2] Each county has a single member constituency in what is Kiambu County, led by the governor William Kabogo.[3] Kabete Constituency Member of Parliament is Ferdinard Waititu, who was elected following the murder of George Muchai.

Geographically speaking, Kabete is located less than 15 kilometers outside of the capital city of Nairobi. According to the 2009 census, the Kabete area has a population of 140,427 with many of its residents being of the Kikuyu tribe.[4] As part of the central province of Kenya, the region's climate lends itself to the residents' ability to harvest the major crops of the area, which includes coffee and tea.[5]

A study in 2005 revealed that Kabete constituency has the lowest poverty rate in Kenya [1]. However, most residents live off farming and are not particularly rich.

Anthropologist Louis Leakey was born in Kabete. His nickname was Giteru and hence the reference Kabete gwa Giteru (Meaning Kabete, Giteru's place). He was fluent in the Kikuyu language and his children grew up knowing the Kikuyu culture.


  1. ^ "Kiambu-governor". kiambu.gov. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Statoids-Kenya Counties". Statoids. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kiambu-governor". kiambu.gov. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Kiambu County". infotrackea.co.ke. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Kiambu County". softkenya.com. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 

Coordinates: 1°16′S 36°43′E / 1.267°S 36.717°E / -1.267; 36.717