Elgeyo Marakwet County is located in Rift Valley and it borders the following Counties: West Pokot to the North, Baringo to the East, South East and South, Uasin Gishu to the South West and West, and Trans Nzoia to the North West.
Elgeyo Marakwet County News
Elgeyo Marakwet County covers a total area of 3029.9 km2. It borders West Pokot County to the North, Baringo County to the East, Trans Nzoia County to the Northwest and Uasin Gishu County to the West.
The county is divided into three topographic zones namely: The Highlands, Kerio Valley and The Escarpment: all of them separated by the conspicuous Elgeyo Escarpment.
The Highlands constitutes 49 percent of the county’s area and is densely populated due to its endowment with fertile soils and reliable rainfall.The Escarpment and the Kerio Valley make up 11percent and 40 percent respectively. There is a marked variation in amount of rainfall in the three zones; The Highlands receive between 1200mm and 1500mm per annum while The Escarpment and the Kerio Valley receives rainfall ranging between 1000mm to 1400mm per annum.
In altitude, the Highland plateau rises from an altitude of 2700 meters above sea level on the Metkei Ridges in the South to 3350 metres above sea level on the Cherangany Hills to the North.
Elgeyo Marakwet County Government
Administratively, the county is divided into four sub-counties, namely: Marakwet East, Marakwet West, Keiyo South and Keiyo North each with several Divisions, Locations and Sub-locations.
Politically, the county is divided into four constituencies: Marakwet East, Marakwet West, Keiyo South and Keiyo North and twenty Wards; six in both Marakwet West and Keiyo South and four in Marakwet East and Keiyo North.
Elgeyo Marakwet County Population
The county’s total population was 370,712 in 2009 (National Population and Housing Census). The 2012 population projection was 401,989. The inter-census population growth rate for the county is 2.7 percent per annum.
Keiyo North has the highest population density of 148 persons per km2 while Marakwet East has the lowest with 109 persons per km2. Keiyo South and Marakwet West have 132 km2 and 146 km2 respectively.
On poverty levels, human development indicators show that the county has 57 percent of residents live below the poverty line compared to the national poverty level of 46 percent.
The levels of poverty in the county are geographically distributed. At the Escarpment and The Kerio Valley, poverty levels are as high as 67 percent of the population while in the Highlands poverty levels average 47 percent.
Elgeyo Marakwet County Jobs opportunities for all qualified personnel and those who would wish to work with Elgeyo Marakwet County government. Jobs in Elgeyo Marakwet County are posted on the county website.
Jobs in Elgeyo Marakwet County are awarded in a free, fair and transparency manner in the need to fight corruption in the country.
To access these Elgeyo Marakwet county jobs advertisement click the link http://www.elgeyomarakwet.go.ke/index.php/jobs-vacancies for the latest job opportunities in the county.
Elgeyo Marakwet County Tenders
Elgeyo Marakwet county tenders are awarded in a free, fair and transparency manner in the need to fight corruption in the country.
To access tenders in Elgeyo Marakwet county click the link: http://www.elgeyomarakwet.go.ke/index.php/tenders-adverts for the latest job opportunities in the county.
Elgeyo Marakwet County Governor and Deputy Governor
The current governor of Elgeyo Marakwet County is Hon. Eng. Alex Tolgos and the deputy governor is Hon. Dr. Gabriel Lagat.
Constituencies in Elgeyo Marakwet County
- Marakwet East Constituency
- Marakwet West Constituency
- Keiyo East Constituency
- Keiyo South Constituency
Elgeyo Marakwet County Wards
Details about Elgeyo Marakwet County Wards will be updated soon…
Facts About Elgeyo Marakwet County
Area (Km 2): 3,029.8 Km 2
Climate/Weather: Temperatures range from a minimum of 14°C to a maximum of 24°C. The rainfall ranges between 400mm and 1,400mm per annum
Road Network: Not available
Key National Monument(s): Kerio Valley National Reserve
Elgeyo Marakwet County Population
Population: 369,998 (Male – 50 %, Female – 50 %)
Population Density: 122 people per Km 2
National Percentage: 0.96%
Annual Growth Rate: 2.8%
Age Distribution: 0-14 years (46.4 %), 15-64 years (49.6 %), 65+ years (4.0 %)
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Number of Households: 77,555
Elgeyo Marakwet County Government
County Capital: Kapsowar Town (Proposed)
Number of Constituencies (2010): 4 (Marakwet East, Marakwet West, Keiyo North, Keiyo South)
Registered Voters: 130,111
National percentage: 1.03 %
Number of Districts (2009): 2 (Marakwet, Keiyo)
Number of Local Authorities (2010): 3 (County Councils of Marakwet and Keiyo, Town Council of Iten-Tambach)
Economy of Elgeyo Marakwet County
Poverty Level: 66.5% (Marakwet), 45.3% (Keiyo)
Age Dependency Ratio: 100:102
Resources: Kerio Valley National Reserve, Arable Land, Cherang’any Hills, River Kerio
Tourist Attractions: Kerio Valley National Reserve, Sports Tourism, Cherang’any Hills
Financial Services: 5 Commercial Banks, 1 Micro-finance Institution
Main Economic Activities/industries: Livestock, Subsistence farming, Fluorspar mining, Small Business
Agricultural products: Livestock Products, Agricultural Products, Bananas
Education in Elgeyo Marakwet County
Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (373), Secondary (75)
Primary: Enrolment (110,399)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 36 (Public Schools)
Secondary: Enrolment (20,887) Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:30 (Public Schools)
Tertiary: 1 Teacher Training College, 3 Youth Polytechnics
Adult Literacy Classes: Enrolment (Data Not available)
Health in Elgeyo Marakwet County
Health Facilities: 113 – District Hospitals (2), Sub-District Hospitals (5), Dispensaries (89), Health Centres (15), Medical Clinics (1), Others (1)
Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:50,000 (Marakwet), 1:156,471 (Keiyo)
Infant Mortality Rates: 57/1000 (Keiyo)
Under Five Mortality Rates: 9.7/1000 (Keiyo)
Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, Diarrhoea, Bronchopneumonia and respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections
Notable Hospitals: Chebiemit and Iten District Hospitals
Elgeyo Marakwet County Map
Elgeyo Marakwet County Contacts
P.O Box 220 – Iten 30700 Kenya
Phone: +254(0)734 220220
Elgeyo Marakwet County Website