Uasin Gishu County

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Uasin Gishu County
Wheat Plantation in Uasi Ngishu County near Moiben. Sergoit Hill in the background
Wheat Plantation in Uasi Ngishu County near Moiben. Sergoit Hill in the background
Coat of arms of Uasin Gishu County
Coat of arms
Location in Kenya
Location in Kenya
Country  Kenya
Formed 4 March 2013
Capital Eldoret
 • Governor Jackson Mandago
 • Total 2,955.3 km2 (1,141.0 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 894,179 [1]
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Uasin Gishu County is one of the 47 counties of Kenya, located in the former Rift Valley Province. The city of Eldoret (capital and largest town in the county) is the county's administrative and commercial centre.

Uasin Gishu is located on a plateau and has a cool and temperate climate. It borders Trans-Nzoia County, Kenya.


Its name comes from the Illwuasin-kishu Maasai clan. The land was the grazing area of the clan. They surrendered the land to the colonial government in the Anglo-Maasai agreement of 1911, and were subsequently pushed towards Trans Mara. The plateau that they once occupied was then registered in its Anglicised version, Uasin Gishu.[2]

Local authorities[edit]

Town Type Population (2009)[3] Rank in Kenya (Population Size)
Eldoret Municipality 289,380 5
Moi’s Bridge Town 14,596 106
Matunda Town 10,031 119
Burnt Forest Town 4,925 172
Jua Kali Town 3,427 192
Turbo Town 2,831 201


In 1903, the area was proposed as a potential Jewish homeland, as the British Uganda Programme.

In 1908, fifty eight families of Afrikaans-speaking South Africans settled in Uashin Gishu plateau. They were followed by sixty more families in 1911 and more later.[4] The town of Eldoret was established in the midst of the farms they created.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Division Population* Urban pop.* Headquarters
Ainabkoi 77,290 18,799 Ainabkoi
Kapseret 93,162 55,056 Kapseret
Kesses 84,894 0 Kesses
Moiben 92,717 6,172 Moiben
Soy 165,127 46,338 Eldoret
Turbo 109,508 46,900 Turbo
* 1999 census.[5][6]


The county has six constituencies:


  1. ^ "Kenya Census 2009". 
  2. ^ MORRIS KIRUGA. Daily Nation. How local dialects influenced naming of west Kenya towns. 23 July 2013 [1]
  3. ^ "Kenya" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Red strangers: the white tribe of Kenya, ISBN 1-85725-206-3, by Christine Stephanie Nicholls
  5. ^ "1999 census" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2007. 
  6. ^ 1999 census Archived 28 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine.

External links[edit]

Media related to Uasin Gishu County at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 0°31′00″N 35°17′00″E / 0.516667°N 35.2833°E / 0.516667; 35.2833