Samburu County

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Samburu County
Brick Construction In Samburu
Brick Construction In Samburu
Flag of Samburu County
Coat of arms of Samburu County
Coat of arms
Location of Samburu County in Kenya
Location of Samburu County in Kenya
Coordinates: 1°10′N 36°40′E / 1.167°N 36.667°E / 1.167; 36.667Coordinates: 1°10′N 36°40′E / 1.167°N 36.667°E / 1.167; 36.667
Country Kenya
FormedMarch 4th 2013
 • GovernorMoses Kasaine Lenolkulal
 • Total20,182.5 km2 (7,792.5 sq mi)
 • Total223,947
 • Density11/km2 (29/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Samburu County is a county in the former Rift Valley Province, Kenya. It covers an area of roughly 21,000 km² (8,000 mi²) in northern Kenya where the Samburu, Turkana and many other tribes live. It stretches north from the Wuaso Ng'iro River to the south of Lake Turkana.

Within Samburu County are the towns of Maralal (capital and largest town),[2] Baragoi, Archers Post, South Horr, Wamba, Lodosoit, and Kisima.

It also includes the Samburu National Reserve, Bisanadi National Reserve, and Buffalo Springs National Reserve, Mount Ng'iro, Ndoro Mountains, Mathews Range (Ol Doinyo Lenkiyo), Kirisia Hills, and Loroki Forest.

There is a town named Samburu in Kwale County also in Kenya, but is not related to Samburu County or Samburu people.

County subdivisions[edit]

The county has three constituencies: Samburu East, Samburu West, and Samburu North. The headquarters of Samburu Central is Maralal, Samburu North is Baragoi and headquarters for Samburu East is Wamba. There has been controversy about the headquarters of Samburu East. Some schools of thought proposed Archers Post, a rapidly growing town, while others proposed Wamba town a less rapidly growing town.[citation needed]

Local authorities (councils)
Authority Type Population* Urban pop.*
Maralal Town 24,612 16,281
Samburu County 118,935 18,507
Total - 143,547 34,788
* 1999 census. Source:[3]
Administrative divisions
Division Population* Headquarters
Baragoi 19,884 Baragoi
Kirisia 47,072 Mararal
Lorroki 25,571 Suguta mar mar
Nyiro 15,551
Wamba 24,155 Wamba
Waso 10,314
Total 143,547 -
* 1999 census. Sources:[4]


The Samburu County Government is headed by Governor Moses Kasaine Lenolkulal, referred to within Samburu County as 'M.K.'. A member of the national Jubilee political party, Lenolkulal was the first governor following Kenya's devolution to county administrations and was reelected for a second term in 2017.

A popular figure, Governor Lenolkulal has been tackling insecurity and cattle rustling, creating jobs and employment opportunities for the youth, boosting the tourism industry, establishing of more wildlife conservancies, engaging the young-unemployed people as rangers, incorporating the youth in policing forest-cover, developing livestock farming, establishing abattoirs, improving infrastructure and education, constructing early childhood development centres, constructing polytechnics, providing clean drinking water and medical services, equipping farmers with knowledge on drought resistant crops and modern farming methods and water harvesting.[5]


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  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 February 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 May 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2007.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Moses Lenolkula Kasaine Biography -". 11 December 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2018.

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