Tharaka-Nithi County

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Tharaka-Nithi County
Coat of arms of Tharaka-Nithi County
Coat of arms
Location of Tharaka-Nithi County in Kenya
Location of Tharaka-Nithi County in Kenya
Coordinates: 0°18′S 38°0′E / 0.300°S 38.000°E / -0.300; 38.000Coordinates: 0°18′S 38°0′E / 0.300°S 38.000°E / -0.300; 38.000
Country Kenya
FormedMarch 4, 2013
 • GovernorMuthomi Njuki
 • Total2,609 km2 (1,007 sq mi)
 • Total393,177
 • Density150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Tharaka-Nithi County is one of the 47 counties of Kenya located in Kenya's former Eastern Province. The county has an area of 2609 km2 and as of the 2019 census a population of 393,177.[2]

Tharaka-Nithi County is the home to the Chuka, Muthambi, Mwimbi and Tharaka sections of the Ameru (Meru) community. The people of Tharaka-Nithi County are nowo predominantly Christian with the Catholics, the Presbyterian, and the Methodists being the predominant religious communities.

The county consists of three constituencies: 60. Maara, 61. Chuka/Igambang'ombe, 62. Tharaka.


In 1992 Meru District, sometimes called "Greater Meru" was broken up into four pieces, Meru Central, Meru North, Meru South and Tharaka; with Meru South (also known as Nithi District) combined with Tharaka into a new Tharaka-Nithi District. In 1998, the Tharaka Nithi District was split into two districts, Nithi and Tharaka,[3] but the Kenya Supreme Court decision of 2009 declared that split unconstitutional.[4] Subsequently, under the revised constitution of 2010, Tharaka-Nithi became a county.[5]


Like Other Counties surrounding Mount Kenya, the primary economic activities in Tharaka-Nithi County are tea and coffee planting, subsistence dairy farming, as well as keeping of other livestock such as goats and sheep.

Prominent personalities[edit]

  • Bernard Mate - The County's most notable "son". He was an active politician in Kenya's independence struggle, who resided in Majira, near Chogoria. He represented Central in the LegCo of 1957, as well as being a member of parliament in the 1960s and 1970s.
  • James Njeru Gituriandu - Former assistant minister in Jomo Kenyatta government and MP in both Kenyatta and Moi governments.
  • Samuel Ragwa - First Governor of Tharaka Nithi County
  • Muthomi Njuki - Second and Incumbent Governor
  • Prof. Kindiki A. Kithure- Current Senator

See also some neighbouring counties[edit]


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  2. ^ "Kenya 2009 Population and Housing Census Highlights" (PDF). Kenya national Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 September 2010.
  3. ^ Sheila Aikman, Elaine Unterhalter: (2005) Beyond access: transforming policy and practice for gender equality in education. Oxfam, page 107.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "First Scheduke, Article 6 (1)" (PDF). Constitution of Kenya (2010). p. 167. Archived (PDF) from the original on 14 March 2014.

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