Mandera County

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Mandera County
Flag of Mandera County
Flag
Coat of arms of Mandera County
Coat of arms
Location of Mandera County in Kenya
Location of Mandera County in Kenya
Coordinates: 3°25′00″N 40°40′00″E / 3.41667°N 40.6667°E / 3.41667; 40.6667Coordinates: 3°25′00″N 40°40′00″E / 3.41667°N 40.6667°E / 3.41667; 40.6667
Country Kenya
FormedMarch 4, 2013
Capital and largest townMandera
Other townsEl Wak
Government
 • GovernorAli Roba
Area
 • Total25,797.7 km2 (9,960.5 sq mi)
Population
 (2019)[1]
 • Total867,457
 • Density34/km2 (87/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
Websitewww.mandera.go.ke

Mandera County is a county in the former North Eastern Province of Kenya. Its capital and largest town is Mandera. The county is bordered by Ethiopia to the north, by Somalia to the east and by Wajir County to the southwest. According to the 2019 census, the county has a population of 867,457 and an area of 25,939.8 km².[1] The main economic activity in the county is pastoralism, while others include cross-border trade with Ethiopia, artisanal mining, beekeeping and agriculture along the Dawa River.[2]

Geography[edit]

The county mostly consists of rocky hills, located on a plain that rises from 400m in altitude near El Wak, to 970m near the Ethiopian border. The seasonal Dawa River (also 'Daua River') forms the border between Mandera County and Ethiopia, for about 150km from the northernmost point of the county up to the Somali border. The river's flood plains are used for cultivating crops. Most of the county has a semi-arid climate. [2]

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1979 105,601—    
1989 123,787+17.2%
1999 250,372+102.3%
2009 1,025,756+309.7%
2019 867,457−15.4%
source:[3]
Urban Centre 2009 Population[4]
Mandera 57,692
El Wak 24,368
Rhamu 24,037
Takaba 21,474

County subdivisions[edit]

As of 2019, Mandera County is divided into 7 sub-counties:[1]

Sub-county Population Land area (Sq. Km) Pop. density Headquarters
Mandera West 98,300 4,016.9 24 Takaba
Banisa 152,598 3,942.7 39 Banisa
Kutulo 72,394 2,509.3 29 Kutulo
Lafey 83,457 3,846.3 22 Lafey
Mandera Central 157,220 4,031.6 39 El Wak
Mandera East 159,638 2,505.7 64 Mandera
Mandera North 143,850 5,087.3 28 Rhamu


Administrative divisions
Division Population* Pop. density* Area (km²) Headquarters
Ashabito 33,034 7 x Rhamu
Banisa 38,411 27 x Banissa
Central 43,916 437 x Mandera
Dandu 16,534 8 x Takaba
El Wak 26,391 26 x El Wak
Fino 7,910 4 x Lafey
Hareri 5,468 5 x Mandera
Khalalio 7,948 16 x Mandera
Kotulo 12,955 5 x Elwak
Lafey 7,865 9 x Lafey
Libehia 2,992 4 x Mandera
Malkamari 12,498 7 x Mandera
Rahamu Dimtu 7,371 8 x Rhamu
Rhamu 10,818 75 x Rhamu
Shimbir Fatuma 5,179 3 x Elwak
Takaba 9,668 3 x Takaba
Warankara 3,042 3 x Lafey
Wargadud 8,372 8 x Elwak
Sala 4,322 5 x Lafey
Kiliweri 7,572 9 x Banisa
Total 250,372 9 (average) x -
* 1999 census. Sources:[5]

Electoral constituencies[edit]

Constituencies of Marsabit County[6]
Map Constituency Name Constituency No. Approximate Population (2009) Area in km2
Mandera-County.svg Mandera West 39 141,633 4,778.50
Banissa 40 178,142 3,356.10
Mandera North 41 205,468 5,895.20
Mandera South 42 211,836 5,787.50
Mandera East 43 138,728 1,857.30
Lafey 44 149,959 4,316.80
Total 1,025,756 25,991

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census Volume I: Population by County and Sub-County". Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Mandera County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP 2018-2022)". Maarifa. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  3. ^ Kenya: Administrative Division population statistics
  4. ^ "CIDP Marsabit 2018-2022". Maarifa Centre. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 June 2007. Retrieved 23 March 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Delimitation of Constituencies and Recommendations on Local Authority Electoral Units and Administrative Boundaries for Districts and Other Units". Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Retrieved 11 April 2019.

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