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Kitui is a town in Kenya, 180 kilometres east of Nairobi and 105 kilometres east of Machakos. Due to political reforms, Kitui is now the headquarters of Kitui County, which covers a larger area than the former Kitui District did. As a consequence, the city has become a natural meeting point for politicians and businessmen therefore, most of the hotels are expanding. In addition, travellers have noted that Kitui is a suitable resting place on the way from Mount Kenya to Mombasa.
Kitui had a population of 155,896 in 2009 making it the 12th largest urban centre in Kenya in terms of population. It is the largest urban centre in the county followed by Mwingi. A large majority of the residents belong to the Kamba, a Bantu people. The Kamba of Kenya speak the Bantu Kamba language (Kikamba) as a mother tongue.
The major secondary schools are Kitui High School, Kisasi Secondary, Matinyani Secondary, Mutonguni Secondary St. Luke's Yatta Boys' Secondary School and St. Charles Lwanga High School. For girls, there is Mulango Girls High, St. Angelas High, Muthale Girls Secondary and Mbitini Girls Secondary. Other secondary schools are Tungutu(St.Ursula), Chuluni, Changwithya Boys, Tanganyika Secondary School, St. Pauls Kwa Vonza Secondary School and Katulani Mixed Secondary School.
Kathungi Secondary school, which is also found in Kitui County, is famous for its football championship in the country.
The cuisine in Kitui consists largely of traditional African dishes. Chapati (almost like tortillas), ugali, isyo (well-seasoned mix of beans/peas and maize, sometimes with pumpkin and leafy vegetables added), or rice served with goat meat, chicken, and/or cooked vegetable stew are common dishes.
Information site created by volunteers working and living in Kitui, summer 2011 – "Help to Self-help in Africa" (www