Kitui County News
Geography of Kitui County
Kitui County is located in Eastern Kenya, it borders the following counties; Tana River to the East and South East, Taita Taveta to the South, Makueni and Machakos to the West, Embu to the North West, and Tharaka and Meru to the North.
Area (Km 2): 30,496.5 Km 2
Climate/Weather: Temperatures range from a minimum of 14°C to a maximum of 34°C. The rainfall ranges from 500mm to 1050mm per annum in different parts of the county.
Road Network: Bitumen Surface (Data Not Available), Gravel Surface (399.2 Km), Earth Surface (1072.2 Km)
Key National Monument(s): Tsavo East National Park, Mwingi National Reserve
Kitui County Population
Population: 1,012,709 (Male – 48 %, Female – 52 %)
Population Density: 33 people per Km 2
National Percentage: 2.6 %
Annual Growth Rate: 2.2%
Age Distribution: 0-14 years (46.6 %), 15-64 years (48.2 %), 65+ years (5.2 %)
Number of Households: 205,491
Kitui County Government
County Capital: Kitui Town (proposed)
Number of Constituencies (2010): 6 (Mwingi North, Mwingi South, Kitui West, Kitui Central, Mutito, Kitui South)
Registered Voters: 321,800
National percentage: 2.6 %
Number of Districts (2010): 4 (Kitui, Mutomo, Mwingi, Kyuso)
Number of Local Authorities (2010): 4 (Municipal Council of Kitui, County Council of Kitui, Town Council of Mwingi, and County Council of Mwingi)
Economy of Kitui County
Poverty Level: 63%
Age Dependency Ratio: 100:108
Resources: Arable Land, Wildlife, Livestock, Forests, Minerals
Tourist Attractions: Mwingi National Reserve, Tsavo East National Park
Financial Services: 4 Commercial Banks, 8 Micro-Finance
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Main Economic Activities/industries: Livestock keeping, Tobacco, Cotton, Coffee, Mangoes, Commercial businesses
Agricultural products: Livestock Products, Maize, Beans, Sorghum, Pigeon Peas, Cowpeas, Cassava, Millet
Education in Kitui County
Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (1,096), Secondary (181)
Primary: Enrolment (328,528)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 41 (Public Schools)
Secondary: Enrolment (46,100)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:34 (Public Schools)
Tertiary: Over 60 (Comprised of University Satellite Campuses, Youth Polytechnics, Teacher Training Colleges, Medical Training College, Technical Colleges, and Several Commercial Colleges)
Adult Literacy Classes: Enrolment (Over 3,500)
Health in Kitui County
Health Facilities: 261 – District Hospitals (3), Sub-District Hospitals (8), Dispensaries (189), Health Centres (23), Medical Clinics (30), Nursing Homes (5), Others (3)
Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:16,047 (Kitui District), 1:50,701 (Mwingi District)
Business in Kitui County
The vast majority of the economy is based on sustenance farming, despite the fact that the agriculture is an extremely challenging endeavor giving the sporadic rainfall. A logical move therefore would be a transition to non-agricultural industries.
During a recent, informal survey of the businesses in the town of Ikutha in southern Kitui County, the following businesses were identified:
- Food Staples (rice, corn meal)
- Mini-markets (sells things like Coca-cola, potatoes chips, bread, long-shelf milk)
- Hotel and restaurant
Industries in Kitui
Situated in Kitui town is a cotton ginnery where cotton farmers from around the county can deliver their harvest. It is the only major industry in the region, and was set up way back in 1935. Kitui is a semi-arid region and not many crops fare well there apart from cotton, hence the ginnery plays a major role creating income for the many cotton farmers in the region.
Kitui County Tenders
Kitui county tenders are awarded in a free, fair and transparency manner in the need to fight corruption in the country.
To access tenders in Kitui county click the link: http://www.kitui.go.ke/ for the latest job opportunities in the county.
Kitui County Jobs opportunities for all qualified personnel and those who would wish to work with Kitui County government. Jobs in Kitui County are posted on the county website.
Jobs in Kitui County are awarded in a free, fair and transparency manner in the need to fight corruption in the country.
To access these Kitui county jobs advertisement click the link: Kitui County Jobs for the latest job opportunities in the county.
Kitui County Governor and Deputy Governor
The current governor of Kitui County is Hon. Julius Makau Malombe and the deputy governor is Hon. Peninah Malonza.
Constituencies in Kitui County
- Mwingi North Constituency
- BMwingi Central Constituency
- Mwingi South Constituency
- Kitui West Constituency
- Kitui Rural Constituency
- Kitui Town Constituency
- Mutito Constituency
- Kitui South Constituency
Kitui County Wards
Details about Kitui County Wards will be updated soon…
Kitui County Contacts
P.O. Box 33-90200
Tel: 0731717100 and 0702615444