Nyandarua County

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Nyandarua County
Aberdare Ranges in Nyandarua County
Aberdare Ranges in Nyandarua County
Flag of Nyandarua County
Coat of arms of Nyandarua County
Location in Kenya
Location in Kenya
Country Kenya
Formed4 March 2013
CapitalOl Kalou
 • GovernorFrancis Kimemia
 • Total3,107.7 km2 (1,199.9 sq mi)
 • Total638,289 [1]
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Nyandarua County is a County in the former Central Province of Kenya. Its capital and largest town is Ol Kalou.[2] Formerly the capital was Nyahururu, which is now part of the Laikipia County. Nyandarua County has population of 596,268 [1] and an area of 3,304 km2.[3] The county is located on the northwestern part of the old Central Province, and contains the Aberdare Ranges.

The county was split into two in 2007: Nyandarua North District and Nyandarua South District. However, with the promulgation in 2010 of new constitution, these have been re-organised as sub counties of Nyandarua County . Daniel Waithaka was elected the first governor of the County 2013 General Election and Francis Kimemia seconds him in August 2017 elections.


Local authorities (councils)
Authority Type Population* Urban pop.*
Ol Kalou Town 47,795 15,186
Nyandarua County 432,107 21,868
Total - 479,902 37,054
* 1999 census. Source:[4]
Historical population
1979 233,302—    
1989 345,420+48.1%
1999 479,902+38.9%
2009 596,268+24.2%
2019 638,289+7.0%

Administrative divisions[edit]

Administrative divisions
Sub-County Population* Urban pop.* Headquarters
Kipipiri 78,893 208 Kipipiri
Ndaragwa 85,245 3,594 Ndaragwa
North Kinangop 67,356 4,080
Ol Joro Orok 65,229 0 Ol Joro Orok
Ol Kalou 98,806 3,881 Ol Kalou
South Kinangop 84,373 3,099 Njabini
Total 479,902 14,871 -
* 1999 census. Sources:,[6][7]


The county has five constituencies and 25 wards

Constituency Area km2 Popn census 2009 No of Wards Wards
Kinangop Constituency 935 192,379 8 Engineer, Gathara, North Kinangop, Murungaru, Njabini/Kibiru, Nyakio, Magumu, Githabai
Kipipiri Constituency 544 95,338 4 Wanjohi, Kipipiri, Geta, Githioro
Ol Kalou Constituency 536 120,282 5 Karau, Kanjuire Ridge, Milangine, Kaimbaga, Rurii
Ol Jorok Constituency 439 95,643 4 Gathanji, Gatimu, Weru, Charagita
Ndaragwa Constituency 655 92,626 4 Leshau/Pondo, Kiriita, Central, Shamata
Total 3,108 596,268 25


Nyandarua is serviced by several government hospitals; Nyahururu, Ngano. Ol Kalou -JM Kariuki Memorial district hospital, Engineer District Hospital. Mission hospital funded by church and NGO, Dispensary i.e.Mirangine Health Centre and numbers of private hospital.

County hospitals receive patients from all over the county and in case of referral refer them to Nakuru or Nyeri County Referral hospital and then to Kenyatta National Hospital


The county is represented by 25 elected ward representatives 5 MPs, a Women representative, a Senator and a Governor.[8]

In 2013 presidential election the county voters voted for Uhuru Kenyatta with 237,975 a 99% of valid votes.


Current Members of parliament from constituencies in the county are;

Constituency Formation MP Name Political Party Vote For Total Vote cast Note
Kinangop 1988 HON KWENYA JP 57,895 80,001
Kipipiri 1988 HON WANJIKU MUHIA JP 18,972 36,887
Ol Kalou 1997 HON Kiaraho JP 22,201 46,120
Ol Joro Orok 2013 Michael Muchira Mwangi JP 23,748 36,445
Ndaragwa 1988 JEREMIAH KIONI JP 25,171 38,281
Nyandarua County 2013 HON Faith Gitau JP 158,486 239,661 Women Representatives
Nyandarua County 2013 [HON METHU


2013 General election.

There were three candidates for governorship during 2013 election[9]

Candidate Party Votes Comment
Daniel Waithaka Mwangi TNA 162,418 Winner
David Mwaniki Ngugi GNU 19,561
Peter Mwangi Gathimba NARC 55,896
Rejected Votes 2,313
Total Cast Votes 240,188

2022 General election.

Kiarie Badilisha won the election becoming the Third nyandarua county governor for a term of five years until 2027

By a United democratic alliance ticket. UDA which party leader is the president of the republic of kenya.

this aticle is edited by francis kimotho njenga.


Children in Nyandarua can access school with ease. Schools are normally situated a walking distance mostly of less than 3 km (for primary school and high school) with a large number of public and private schools. For tertiary education they are a number of colleges and polytechnic but no university.

Education levels vary drastically with 61% of the population having reached primary school, 19% secondary school and only 2% have a tertiary education level.[10]

One of pioneer school is Nyandarua high School which was opened 29 March 1965 with 71 students.[11] Currently they are other major school among others; Kangui high School, Karima Girls, Shamata Girls, Wanjohi Girls, Magumu, Mukoe, Kagondo, Kihingo, Waka Junior, Njabini, Nyahururu Boys. There has been no University in Nyandarua, until Nyandarua Institute was upgraded to a university college under Dedan Kimathi University of Science & Technology. There are some Technical Institutions like Leshau Polytechnic in Ndaragwa Constituency, at Gordon Centre (Next to Kihingo Catholic Church) - Mutanga Parish And Kinagop Technical and Vocational centre in Githioro (kinagop sub county) which was launched on 2017. More Tertiary institution are needed.[citation needed]

Investment challenges[edit]

Nyandarua County is a productive area for agriculture, manufacturing and processing. There are a number of challenges including lack of a good road network and adequate distribution of electricity and water.

Interested investors both local and in the diaspora can invest in agriculture, manufacturing, processing and housing.


Nyandarua is known for athletics being home to John Ngugi and Samuel Wanjiru.[citation needed] It is also home to Benson Kariuki and Bernard Ndung'u, who are Kenya Bowling Federation champions both in Africa and globally.[citation needed]


The main economic activity in Nyandarua is farming (crop cultivation and dairy farming). In late 1990s Nyandarua was a leading producer of pyrethrum, however Kenya Pyrethrum Board the parastatal that was given the role of purchasing, processing and marketing the crop collapsed because of poor management and corruption, severely undermining the livelihood of many farmers. Nyandarua county is well known as a giant in potato farming. However, there has been a number of challenges that are associated with farming such as fluctuation of the market, poor roads, and crop diseases. Aberdare forest which covers a larger area of the country, attract local and international tourist who make a positive income to the local society.[citation needed] The time is now ripe for the people of Nyandarua to initiate new ways of Agribusiness. Constituencies like Ndaragwa should initiate Agribusiness that does well in semi arid areas like mangoes, millet, cassava, pumpkins and other such crops. A processing factory should be established so that the farmers would get maximum returns.[citation needed]

Central Kenya Region[edit]


Urbanisation in Central Kenya
Urbanisation in Central Kenya (Percent)
Kiambu County
Nyeri County
Nyandarua County
Muranga County
Kirinyaga County
 Kenya Average

Urbanisation by County in Central Kenya


Wealth and poverty level[edit]

Poverty Level in Central Kenya
Poverty Level in Central Kenya (Percent)
Kirinyaga County
Muranga County
Kiambu County
Nyeri County
Nyandarua County
 Kenya Average

Poverty level by County



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Coordinates: 0°33′S 36°37′E / 0.550°S 36.617°E / -0.550; 36.617