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Makueni County covers an area of 8,034.7 sq km with a projected population of more than 0.9 million people. It geographically borders Kajiado County to the West, Taita Taveta County to the South, Kitui County to the East and Machakos County to the North. The county lies in the arid and semi-arid zones of the Eastern region of the country. Major physical features in the county include the Volcanic Chyulu hills which lie along the South West border of the County in Kibwezi West constituency, Mbooni hills in Mbooni constituency and Kilungu hills in Kaiti constituency.
Makueni County is divided into six sub-counties (Parliamentary Constituencies) namely; Kaiti, Makueni, Kibwezi East, Kibwezi West, Mbooni and Kilome. The county has 30 Assembly Wards.
Makueni County is famous for horticulture, already there are water management community projects like dams, irrigation schemes and boreholes that boost agriculture hence bringing wealth to all. The county has a progressive authority that concentrates on service delivery and continuum investment. It has opened up development information on the web, social networks, maps as well as sms and it strides to be a model county in the country, regional and beyond.
Facts About Makueni County
Area (Km 2): 8008.8 Km 2
Climate/Weather: Temperatures range from minimum of between 12 0C to a maximum of 28 0C. Rainfall ranges from 150mm to 650 mm per annum typical of ASALs in Kenya.
Population of Makueni County
Population:884,527 (Male – 49 %, Female – 51 %)
Population Density: 110.4 people per Km 2
National Percentage: 2.29 %
Annual Growth Rate: 2.8 % (2009)
Age Distribution: 0-14 years (43.7 %), 15-64 years (51.1 %), 65+ years (5.2%)
Number of Households: 186,478
Government of Makueni County
County Capital: Wote (proposed)
Number of Constituencies (2010): 5 (Kaiti, Kibwezi, Kilome, Makueni and Mbooni)
Registered Voters: 303,014
National percentage: 2.40 %
Number of Districts (2009): 7 (Makueni, Mukaa, Mbooni East, Mbooni West, Kilungu, Nzaui, Kibwezi, Kathonzweni)
Number of Local Authorities (2010): 3 (Town Council of Wote, Town Council of Mtito Andei and County Council of Makueni)
Economy of Makueni County
Poverty Level: Urban (34 %), Rural (67 %) of population live below poverty line.
Age Dependency Ratio: 100:109
Resources: Forests, wildlife, minerals, building sand, water (rivers), pasture and land.
Tourist Attractions: Kyulu Hills, History of AIC Church in Nzaui District, Irrigation in Kibwezi.
Financial Services: 3 Commercial bank branches, 4 Micro-Finance Institutions, 1 Village Bank.
Main Economic Activities/industries: Subsistence agriculture, beekeeping, small-scale trade, dairy farming and limited coffee growing, Eco-tourism, Commercial Businesses
Agricultural products: Fruits – Mangoes, pawpaws, water melons; maize, cow peas, beans, pigeon peas and lentils, livestock keeping, dairy farming.
Education in Makueni County
Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (901), Secondary (253),
Primary: Total Enrolment (293,803)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 39.7 (Public Schools)
Secondary: Total Enrolment (19,857)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 19.5 (Public Schools)
Tertiary: Polytechnics and Colleges (38)
Adult Literacy Classes: Total Enrolment (231)
Health in Makueni County
Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:119,879
Infant Mortality Rates: 46/1000 Live births
Under Five Mortality Rates: 84/1000
Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, Respiratory Infections, HIV/Aids.
Contact Makueni County
Off Wote-Makindu Highway.
P.O. Box 78-90300 Makueni
Tel: 020 203 4944/ 206 8236