Coordinates: 0°34′23″S 37°19′40″E / 0.57310°S 37.32788°E / -0.57310; 37.32788
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Kutus is located in Kenya
Location in Kenya
Coordinates: 0°34′23″S 37°19′40″E / 0.57310°S 37.32788°E / -0.57310; 37.32788
Country Kenya
CountyKirinyaga County
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Kutus is a town in Kirinyaga County, Kenya, serving as the county's administrative headquarters.


Kutus, forming part of the Kerugoya/Kutus municipality, is the county headquarters of Kirinyaga. The municipality, which also includes the township of Kerugoya, has a combined population of 39,441, with 14,056 classified as urban (based on the 1999 census[1]).

The municipality comprises six wards: Kerugoya Central, Kerugoya North, Kerugoya South, Kutus South, Kutus Central, and Nduini. Most of these wards fall under the Kerugoya/Kutus Constituency (also known as Kirinyaga Central Constituency).[2]


The name 'Kutus' evolved from the original term 'Mucakuthi', used by many locals to this day. The town was initially named after its founding chief, Gutu (the Kikuyu word for 'Ear'). Over time, 'Gutu's' place transformed linguistically, influenced by the Gichugu Dialect, into 'Kutus', aligning with the English possessive form ('s). Thus, 'Kutus' implies belonging to Gutu.


  1. ^ Kenya National Bureau of Statistics: Population of local authorities Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Electoral Commission of Kenya: Registration centres by electoral area and constituency Archived June 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine