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
Formed March 4th 2013
Capital Maralal
 • Governor Moses Kasaine Lenolkulal
 • Total 20,182.5 km2 (7,792.5 sq mi)
Population (2009)[1]
 • Total 223,947
 • Density 11/km2 (29/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

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 and also includes Mount Kulal which lies just east of Lake Turkana.

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

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 Constituency, Samburu Central and Samburu North Constituency. 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.

A divisive figure, Governor Lenolkulal was indicted by the Kenya Public Accounts and Investment Committee[5] (PAIC) for making illegal payment to the Council of Governors (COG), and for the unaccounted for expenditure and misapplication of funds. The committee has also charged Governor Lenolkulal with the misappropriation of Sh75 million in unsurrendered tax. The committee is demanding prosecution of the governor via the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission of Kenya.


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