"the Place to be"
|Formed||4 March 2013|
|• Governor||Wavinya Ndeti|
|• Speaker||Ann Kiusya|
|• Senator||Agnes Kavindu Muthama|
|• Women Representative||Joyce kamene|
|• Total||6,043 km2 (2,333 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,138 m (3,734 ft)|
|• Density||240/km2 (610/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+3 (EAT)|
Machakos County is one of the 47 counties of Kenya, which came into being because of the devolved system of governance occasioned by the 2010 constitution of Kenya. The country's first administrative headquarters are in Machakos Town, which is the largest town in the county. The county had a population of 1,421,932 as of 2019. The county borders Nairobi and Kiambu counties to the west, Embu to the north, Kitui to the east, Makueni to the south, Kajiado to the south west, and Muranga and Kirinyaga to the north west.
The Machakos County Government is composed of two arms, the County Executive and the County Assembly. County Executive is headed by a Governor. The office of the Governor of Machakos was created on 27 March 2013. Alfred Mutua, served as the inaugural holder of the office. following his election in 2012. He was re-elected in the 2017 general elections. The Machakos County Assembly is headed by a Speaker elected by its members. The incumbent Speaker is Mrs. Florence Mwangangi.
Hon Wavinya Ndeti was in 2022 elected as the second governor of Machakos County, becoming the first female governor in the county and also among the 8 female governors that were historically elected in the 2022 elections, an historic rise from the 3 that were elected in the 2017 elections.
There are many primary schools in Machakos County, including Machakos Primary School, Kathiini primary School and Machakos Academy.
Machakos County has giant secondary schools such as Machakos School (boys), Machakos Girls' School, Mumbuni Boys' Secondary School, Mumbuni Girls' Secondary School, Masii Boys' Secondary School, Tala Girls' School, Matungulu Girls' High School, Mwala School,ST. Teresa Mwala Girls, Kitulu Day Secondary School and Kabaa High School (boys), which boasts of a castle which was left behind by Christian missionaries. This castle is now a museum.
Kwanthanze Secondary School, which is also found in Machakos County, is famous for its volleyball championship in the country.
Universities and colleges within Machakos County include Machakos University, Scott Christian University, South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU), St. Paul's University, Kenya Institute of Management,African Training Center for Research and Technology, Century Park College, Machakos Institute of Technology,Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) Machakos campus and Machakos Technical Training Institute for the Blind.
The local climate is semi-arid with hilly terrain and an altitude of 1000 to 2100 metres above sea level.
Tourist-related activities include camping, hiking safaris, ecotourism and cultural tourism, dance and music festivals.
Subsistence agriculture is mostly practiced with maize and drought-resistant crops such as sorghum and millet being grown due to the area's semi-arid state. The county also plays host to the open air market concept with major market days where large amounts of produce are traded. Fruits, vegetables and other food stuffs like maize and beans are sold in these markets.
Stats for the county (percent)
|Attending school (15-18 Yrs)|
Stats for the county
Source: USAid Kenya
|Local authorities (councils)|
|Mavoko (Athi River)||Municipality||48,260||22,167|
|* 1999 census. Source:|
|* 1999 census. Sources:,,|
The county has eight constituencies:
- Masinga Constituency
- Yatta Constituency
- Kangundo Constituency
- Matungulu Constituency
- Kathiani Constituency
- Mavoko Constituency
- Machakos Town Constituency
- Mwala Constituency
|Cities/towns/municipalities in the county|
|Core Nairobi||Nairobi County||694.9||4,397,073||Nairobi|
|Northern Metro||Kiambu County||2,449.2||2,417,735||Kiambu, Thika, Limuru, Ruiru, Karuri, Kikuyu|
|Southern Metro||Kajiado County||21,292.7||1,117,840||Kajiado, Olkejuado, Bissil, Ngong, Kitengela, Kiserian, Ongata Rongai|
|Eastern Metro||Machakos County||5,952.9||1,421,932||Kangundo-Tala, Machakos, Athi River|
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South Eastern Kenya Region
Urbanisation in South Eastern Kenya (percent)
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- "Official Website". Machakos Government. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
- Machakos University. "Contact Us". Archived from the original on 30 March 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
- "African Training Center for Research and Technology". Archived from the original on 25 October 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
- "Machakos City" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 January 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
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-  Archived 28 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine
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