Kericho County

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Location, Position and Size[edit]

Kericho County
A tea plantation near Kericho in the Kenyan highlands.
A tea plantation near Kericho in the Kenyan highlands.
Flag of Kericho County
Flag
Official logo of Kericho County
Location in Kenya
Location in Kenya
Coordinates: 0°22′00″S 35°18′00″E / 0.366667°S 35.3°E / -0.366667; 35.3Coordinates: 0°22′00″S 35°18′00″E / 0.366667°S 35.3°E / -0.366667; 35.3
Country Kenya
FormedMarch 4th 2013
CapitalKericho
Government
 • GovernorPaul Kiprono Chepkwony
Area
 • Total2,454.5 km2 (947.7 sq mi)
Population
 (2019)
 • Total901,777[1]
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
Websitekericho.go.ke

Kericho County is one of the counties the republic of Kenya. The county seats between longitude 35o 02’ and 35o 40’ East and between the equator and latitude 0 23’ South with an altitude of about 2002m above the sea level. It borders Uasin Gishu County to the North West, Baringo County to the North, Nandi County to the North-West, Nakuru County to the East and Bomet County to the South. It has a population of 901,777 (2019 census) and an area of 2,111 km2.[2][3] Its capital and largest town is Kericho.

Kericho County is home to the best of Kenyan Tea which is renowned worldwide for its taste with its town square even known as Chai Square. Some of the largest tea companies including Unilever Kenya, James Finlay and Williamson Tea are based here. It is also home to the popular Ketepa brand.

The defunct Buret District is now part of Kericho County.

Physical and Topical Features[edit]

County slopes gently from 2500m to about 1,800m above the sea level. The county is surrounded by a number of hills such as Tinderet Hills to the North, Mau Escarpment and Londiani hills (Tuluap-sigis). A good number of rivers emenate from the county including Chemosit, Kiptaret, Kipsonoi, Timbilil, Maramara, Itare, Nyando, Kipchorian and Malaget.[3]

Climatic Conditions[edit]

County has a temperature range between 10C - 29C and rainfall of 2,125mm p.a being highest in central part of county where they plant tea and 1,400 mm p.a. in lower parts of Soin and parts of Kipkelion. County has rainy seasons April to June and October to December.[4]

Demographics[edit]

Kericho county has a total population of 901,777 of which 450,741 are males, 451,008 females and 28 intersex persons. There are 206,036 household with an average household size of 4.4 persons per household and a population density 370 people per square kilometre.[5]

Distribution of Population by Sex and Sub-County
Sub-County Male Female Intersex Total
Belgut 72,508 72,564 145,072
Buret 98,823 100,642 5 199,470
Kericho East 86,671 83,947 7 170,625
Kipkelion 61,066 61,460 4 122,530
Londiani 68,570 69,000 10 137,580
Soin Sigowet 63,31036 63,395 2 126,500
Total 450,741 451,008 28 901,777

Source [6]

Administrative and Political Units[edit]

Administrative Units[edit]

There are six sub counties, thirty county assembly wards, eighty five locations and two hundred and nine sub-locations.[7]

Electoral constituencies[edit]

The county has six constituencies:

Source [8]

Political Leadership[edit]

Prof. Paul Kiprono Chepkwony is the Governor serving his last term in office after being elected twice 2013, 2017 and his deputy is Susan Chepkoech Kikwai.[9] Aaron Cheruiyot is the Senator and was elected in 2015 after the first senator Charles Keter was appointed as the cabinet secretary for Ministry of Energy by President Uhuru Kenyatta.[10] He was also re-elected in 2017. Josephine Chepkwony Chemutai is the women representative and was elected in 2017 after winning against the Hellen Chelangat Chepkwony who was the first women representative for the county.[11]

For Kericho County, the County Executive Committee comprises of:-

County Executive Committee
Number
The Governor 1
The Deputy Governor 1
The County Secretary 1
The CEC Members 10
Total 13

Source [12]

Members of Parliament in Kericho County 2017-2022[edit]

  1. Hon. Maritim, Sylvanus[13] of Jubliee Party Member of Parliament Ainamoi Constituency.[14]
  2. Hon. Koech, Nelson[15] of Jubliee PartyMember of Parliament Belgut Constituency.[16]
  3. Hon. Mutai, Japheth Kiplangat[17] of Jubliee Party Member of Parliament Bureti Constituency.[18]
  4. Hon. Limo, Kirui Joseph[19] of Jubliee Party Member of Parliament Kipkelion East Constituency.[20]
  5. Hon. Kosgei, Hilary Kiplang’at[21] of Jubliee Party Member of Parliament Kipkelion West Constituency[22]
  6. Hon. Koros, Benard Kipsengeret[23] of Jubliee Party Member of Parliament Sigowet–Soin Constituency.[24]

Education[edit]

The are 1054 ECD centres 803 primary schools and 229 secondary schools. The county has also 1 teachers training colleges, 6 Youth Polytechnics, 80 adult training institutions and 6 technical training institutions.[4]

Education Institutions in County
Category Public Private Total Enrolment
ECD Centres 565 489 1,054 45,620
Primary schools 526 277 803 242,034
Secondary schools 214 15 229 69,081
Youth Polytechnics 6 0 6 1,525
Technical Training Institutes 6 0 6
Adult Education Centres 4,697

Source [25][26]

Health[edit]

The are a total of 136 health facilities in the county with one county referral hospital. County has 2,084 health personnel of different cadre. The immunisation coverage is at 61% and still below the national target of 90%.[3]

HIV prevalence is at 3.5% below the national 5.9% (Kenya HIV Estimates 2015).[27]

Health Facilities by Ownership
Government *FBO Private NGO TOTAL
Hospitals 7 2 5 14
Health centres 136 8 1 36 180
Dispensaries 127 5 25 2 159
Clinics 1 10 2 13

Source [28][3]

Transport and Communication[edit]

The county is covered by 1,110.7 Km of road network. of this 411.1 km is covered by earth surface, 484.7 km is murram surface and 214.9 km is covered by bitumen.[29][30]

There are 8 Post Offices with 2,299 installed letter boxes, 2,079 rented letter boxes and 220 vacant letter boxes.[26]

Trade and Commerce[edit]

There are 25 trading centres, 5,813 registered businesses, 5807 licenced retail traders and 5,740 licenced wholesale traders.[26]

A number of industries are in kericho such as cement industry (Rai Cement Limited) and steel industry (Prime Steel Limited), Soin Sugar Company all three of them located in Soin ward, 18 tea processing factories,in various sub-counties, dairy processing plants.[3]

Services and Urbanisation[edit]

Stats for Kericho County
County
Stats for the County (Percent)
Urbanisation
28.3
Literacy
79
Attending School (15-18 Yrs)
79.7
Paved Roads
13.8
Good Roads
58.5
Electricity Access
11.8
Poverty Rate
44.2

Stats for the County

Source: USAid Kenya

External links[edit]

See also[edit]

Nandi County

Bomet County

Uasin Gishu County

Baringo County

Kisumu County

Kisii County

Nakuru County

Kakamega County

Bungoma County

References[edit]

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