Malaba, Kenya

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Malaba, Kenya
Malaba, Kenya is located in Kenya
Malaba, Kenya
Malaba, Kenya
Location in Kenya
Coordinates: 0°38′07″N 34°16′31″E / 0.63528°N 34.27528°E / 0.63528; 34.27528
Country Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya
County Busia County
Elevation 3,870 ft (1,180 m)
Population (1999)
 • Total 7,302

Malaba, Kenya is a town in Teso North Sub-County, Busia County, Western Province, on Kenya's western border with Uganda. It sits across the Malaba River which forms the international border from Malaba, Uganda.[1]


The town is located on the main Nairobi-Kampala highway, approximately 129 kilometres (80 mi), by road, west of Eldoret, the nearest large city.[2] This is about 438 kilometres (272 mi) northwest of Nairobi, the capital and largest city in Kenya.[3] The coordinates of Malaba, Kenya are: 0°38'07.0"N, 34°16'31.0"E (Latitude:0.635278; Longitude:34.275278).[4] The town sits at an altitude of 3,871 feet (1,180 m), above sea level.[5]


The town sits on the main Bujumbura-Mombasa Road, also known as the Northern Corridor, which connects the capitals of four East African Community countries of Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya to the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa.[6]

A metre gauge railway, operated by the Rift Valley Railways Consortium crosses the border in this town. The standard gauge railway from Mombasa is expected to pass through this town.[7]

Malaba and Busia, both border towns between Uganda and Kenya are used by thousands of truck drivers every day. Many of these drivers spend from a few hours to several days at the border while the trucks are loaded with new goods or while customs processes are cleared. This down time is often spent in the company of commercial sex workers.[8]


The 1999 national population census and household enumerated the population of the town at 7,302.[5]

Border crossing[edit]

It is expected that in July 2016, the construction of a one-stop-border-crossing between Malaba, Kenya and Malaba, Uganda will conclude.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ KIG (6 November 2016). "Overview of Busia County: Major Towns - Malaba, Kenya". Nairobi: Kenya Information Guide (KIG). Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  2. ^ (6 November 2016). "Distance between Malaba, Busia County, Kenya and Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, Kenya". Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  3. ^ (6 November 2016). "Distance between Malaba, Busia County, Kenya and Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya". Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Google (6 November 2016). "Location of Malaba, Busia County, Kenya" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Placebeam (6 November 2016). "Profile of Malaba, Kenya". Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  6. ^ TNCTTCA (6 November 2016). "The Northern Corridor: Background". Mombasa: The Northern Corridor Transit and Transport Co-ordination Authority (TNCTTCA). Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  7. ^ RTC (20 May 2010). "Kenya Invites Fresh Bids for Second Rail Line". (RTC). Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  8. ^ Danielsen, Mikkel (22 November 2013). "Many women in border towns live on prostitution". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  9. ^ Ochieng, Lilian (28 April 2016). "Malaba, Busia one-stop border posts works set to end by July". Business Daily Africa. Nairobi. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 

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Coordinates: 00°38′07″N 34°16′31″E / 0.63528°N 34.27528°E / 0.63528; 34.27528