West Pokot County

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West Pokot County
Flag of West Pokot County
Coat of arms of West Pokot County
Coat of arms
Location in Kenya
Location in Kenya
Coordinates: 1°14′00″N 35°07′00″E / 01.23333°N 035.1167°E / 01.23333; 035.1167Coordinates: 1°14′00″N 35°07′00″E / 01.23333°N 035.1167°E / 01.23333; 035.1167
Country Kenya
FormedMarch 4, 2013
 • GovernorJohn Krop Lonyang'apuo
 • Total8,418.2 km2 (3,250.3 sq mi)
 • Total512,690
 • Density61/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

West Pokot County is a county of Kenya. Its capital and largest town is Kapenguria. The county has a population of 512,690[2] (2009 census) and an area of 8,418.2 km².


Pokot people inhabit the area.

Kengen's Turkwel Hydro Power Plant is also situated in West Pokot County. It is a power plant that produces about 105MW of power that is fed to the national grid. Communities around the power plant and the extensive districts of West Pokot and Turkana do not enjoy the benefits coming from the power plant.

Tegla Loroupe, one of the most famous Kenyan female runners is from West Pokot.


Mount Mtelo is located in West Pokot County.

County subdivisions[edit]

Local authorities (councils)
Authority Type Population* Urban pop.*
Kapenguria Municipality 56,019 12,984
Chepareria Town 8,212 901
Pokot County 243,855 0
Total - 308,086 13,885
* 1999 census. Source:[3]
Administrative divisions
Division Population* Urban pop.* Headquarters
Alale 29,679 0
Chepareria 68,518 900 Chepareria
Chesegon 21,343 0
Kacheliba 20,151 0
Kapenguria 62,746 12,438 Kapenguria
Kasei 9,879 0
Kongelai 20,018 0 Kongelai
Lelan 32,931 0
Sigor 42,821 0 Sigor
Total 308,086 13,338 -
* 1999 census. Sources[4][5]

The district has four constituencies:

Notable residents[edit]

  • Tegla Loroupe, A world record holder for 20, 25 and 30 kilometres long distance track running[6]


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