Kilifi County

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Kilifi County
An African pied wagtail in Kilifi, Kenya
Flag of Kilifi County
Coat of arms of Kilifi County
Coat of arms
Location in Kenya
Location in Kenya
FormedMarch 4, 2013
 • GovernorAmason Kingi
 • Total12,245.9 km2 (4,728.2 sq mi)
 • Total1,109,735 [1]
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Kilifi County is a county of Kenya. It was formed in 2010 as a result of a merger of Kilifi District and Malindi District. Its capital is Kilifi and its largest town is Malindi. The county has a population of 1,109,735.[2] It covers an area of 12,245.90 km2 (4,728.17 sq mi). Kilifi county forms a constituency when electing a senator and a woman representatives of Kenyan Parliament and Senate. It also elects its own governor who is the county leader.

The county is represented in parliament by seven legislators, one woman representative and a Senator in senate. The county also has 35 ward representatives.

The county is located north and northeast of Mombasa. Kilifi has fewer tourists than Mombasa County, but there are some tourists beaches in Kikambala, Watamu, Malindi and Kilifi.


Tourism and fishing in Kilifi are major economic activities due to its proximity to the Indian Ocean. The county has some of the best beaches and popular resorts and hotels.[citation needed] Other attractions include historical sites such as the Mnarani ruins that date back to between the fourteenth and seventeenth century.[3]

The county has a strong industrial sector with the Mabati Rolling Mill and the Athi River Cement Factory contributing heavily to the region’s economy both in employment provision and income generation.

Opportunities exist in agriculture, particularly dairy and crop farming thanks to fertile soils and a good weather pattern. The Kilifi County Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries is Mwalimu Menza. The county had a successful cashew nut milling industry and opportunities exist in its revival.


Historical population
1979 430,986—    
1989 591,903+37.3%
1999 825,855+39.5%
2009 1,109,735+34.4%

1999 Census figure[edit]

Local authorities (councils)
Authority Type Population* Urban pop.*
Kilifi Town 74,050 30,394
Mariakani Town 57,984 10,987
Kilifi County County 412,269 28,266
Total 544,303 69,647
* 1999 census. Source: [1]
Administrative divisions
Division Population* Urban pop.* Headquarters
Bahari 90,009 26,862 Kilifi
Bamba 35,852 1,307 Bamba
Chonyi 47,138 0
Ganze 33,207 0 Ganze
Kaloleni 197,033 13,964 Kaloleni
Kikambala 97,898 23,997 Mtwapa
Vitengeni 43,159 0 Vitengeni
Total 544,303 66,130
* 1999 census. Sources: [2], [3],


The county has seven constituencies:[5]

Constituency Popln 2009 Census Area No of wards Wards
Kilifi North Constituency 207,587 405 7 Tezo, Sokoni, Kibarani, Dabaso, Matsangoni, Watamu, Mnarani
Kilifi South Constituency 171,607 401 5 Junju, Mwarakaya, Shimo la Tewa, Chasimba, Mtepeni
Kaloleni Constituency 139,302 651 4 Mariakani, Kayafungo, Kaloleni, Mwana Mwinga
Rabai Constituency 113,622 241 4 Mwawesa, Ruruma, Kambe-Ribe, Rabai/Kisurutuni
Ganze Constituency 137,664 2,942 4 Ganze, Bamba, Jaribuni, Sokoke
Malindi Constituency 162,712 627 5 Jilore, Kakuyuni, Ganda, Malindi Town, Shella
Magarini Constituency 177,241 6,979 6 Maarafa, Magarini, Gongoni, Adu, Garashi, Sabaki
1,109,735 12,245.90 35

Bahari Constituency which was formed 1988 was disbanded in 2013 by creation of two new constituencies, Kilifi North Constituency and Kilifi South Constituency

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Coordinates: 3°40′00″S 39°45′00″E / 3.66667°S 39.75°E / -3.66667; 39.75