Location of Tharaka-Nithi County in Kenya
|Formed||March 4, 2013|
|• Governor||Muthomi Njuki|
|• Total||2,609 km2 (1,007 sq mi)|
|• Density||150/km2 (390/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+3 (EAT)|
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.
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, but the Kenya Supreme Court decision of 2009 declared that split unconstitutional. Subsequently, under the revised constitution of 2010, Tharaka-Nithi became a county.
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.
- 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
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