Meru South District

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Meru South 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 North District, and Tharaka District. In September 2009, the Supreme Court ruled that it creation was unconstitutional, and that it belonged in Tharaka-Nithi District (county since 2010).[1]

The area of Meru South 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 oare 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 some residents of European, predominantly British, ancestry. The Chuka people are the dormnant sub-tribe in the area, occupying the upper more arable region while the Tharaka and people occupy the lower Igamba'ngombe division.

The district headquarters was in Chuka. The district had one constituency: Chuka^Igambang'ombe Constituency

Local authorities (councils)
Authority Type Population* Urban pop.*
Chuka Municipality 37,714 6,784
Chogoria Town 28,637 2,500
Meru South County 139,100 0
Total - 205,451 9,284
* 1999 census. Source: [1]
Administrative divisions
Division Population* Urban pop.* Headquarters
Chuka 53,517 6,168 Chuka
Igambang'ombe 23,300 0
Mugumoni 32,715 0
Muthambi 31,539 0
Mwimbi 64,380 1,702 Chogoria
Total 205,451 7,870 -
* 1999 census. Sources: [2], [3],


  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. 

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Coordinates: 0°18′S 37°40′E / 0.300°S 37.667°E / -0.300; 37.667