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A view of Maua

Maua is a town in Meru County, Kenya. From 1992 to 2009, it was the capital of the now defunct Meru North District (also known as Nyambene district).


Maua is located 60 km North of Meru Town on the northwestern slopes of Nyambene Hills and west of Meru National Park. Meru. Maua hosts a municipal council and headquarters Igembe Central, one of 15 administrative divisions in the district. Maua municipality has a population of 40,820, of whom 9,763 are classified as urban [1][permanent dead link].

Maua town is the center of the Khat trade in Kenya, and the world. Income from khat exports to Europe were sharply cut when the UK declared the stimulant a class C drug and banned all imports in June, 2014.[1][2] Unusual for a town its size Maua has a wide mix of ethnicities, with Ameru, Somali, Kikuyu, Luo among the dominant residents.


  1. ^ "Stimulant khat banned as illegal class C drug in UK". BBC. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Jacqueline Kubania (June 26, 2015). "How Britain's khat ban devastated an entire Kenyan town". The Guardian. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 

Coordinates: 0°14′N 37°56′E / 0.233°N 37.933°E / 0.233; 37.933