Tharaka-Nithi County

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Tharaka Nithi County
Coat of arms of Tharaka Nithi County
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.

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  1. ^ "Kenya Census 2009 | PDF | Census | Waste Management".
  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.
  6. ^ "ICT DIRECTORATE – Tharaka Nithi County Government". Retrieved 4 April 2022.

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