Meru North District

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Meru North District was one of the unconstitutionally created districts of Kenya, located in that country's Eastern Province. In 1992, it was split from the large Meru District, along with Meru Central District, Meru South District (Nithi), and Tharaka District. Since the Supreme Court's decision in September 2009, Meru North is again part of Meru County.[1]

The area of Meru North District is the home of the Ameru (Meru) tribe, which is sometimes described as being related to other tribes living around the Mount Kenya region: the Kikuyu and the Embu people. The Ameru are generally called "Bantu" people who have been native to the Mt. Kenya area for many, many years — well before colonization of Kenya by Great Britain in the 19th Century. The people are now predominantly ChristianMethodist, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, and other denominations, reflecting the work of missionaries — with also minorities of Indian descent, who are mainly Hindus, and African/Arab descent, who are Muslims. There are also has some resident Europeans predominantly British in ancestry.

Meru is well known for its production of khat, known locally as miraa, and its supply to the rest of the country's major towns. Because of the rich soils in the area, this plant thrives and most of the residents benefit from its sale. Trading in this commodity is a boon to other vendors, for example it stimulates the sale of banana leaves to miraa traders to protect the khat harvest from drying.[citation needed]

Local authorities (councils)
Authority Type Population* Urban pop.*
Maua Municipality 40,820 9,763
Nyambene County 563,230 2,139
Total - 604,050 11,902
* 1999 census.[2]
Administrative divisions
Division Population* Urban pop.* Headquarters
Akithi 43,096 0
Igembe Central 41,944 8,739 Maua
Igembe East 28,575 0
Igembe North 58,046 0
Igembe South 18,209 0
Igembe S/East 18,700 0
Igembe S/West 21,791 0
Laare 65,428 1,895 Lare
Mutuati 56,751 0 Mutuati
Ndoleli 54,730 0
Tigania Central 45,061 0
Tigania East 30,944 0
Tigania North 49,098 0
Tigania West (Kianjai) 32,266 0
Uringu 39,003 0
Total 604,050 10,634 -
* 1999 census[3]

The district headquarters was in the town of Maua. There were four constituencies in the district:


  1. ^ Nyasato, Robert (5 September 2009). "High Court outlaws 210 districts created by Moi and Kibaki since 1992". The Standard. Archived from the original on 1 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "unknown" (PDF). [dead link]
  3. ^ "Annex 1: Status of Coverage of Communications Services" (PDF). Communications Authority of Kenya. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 28, 2007.  and "Urban Poverty all Kenya Province through Location (Final)". International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. 

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Coordinates: 0°10′N 37°45′E / 0.167°N 37.750°E / 0.167; 37.750