West Pokot County

Kapenguria is the capital town of West Pokot County and home to the infamous Turkwel Hydro-electric power plant which serves the national grid with approximately 105MW of power.

Attractions in West Pokot County

Kapenguria Museum

Kapenguria museum reflects Kenya’s political history. The infamous Kapenguria trial of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, Kungu Karumba, Fred Kubai, Paul Ngei. Bildad Kaggia and Hon. Ramogi Achieng Oneko was held in Kapenguria. The six leading Kenyan nationalists were arrested in 1952, tried at Kapenguria in 1952-3, and imprisoned thereafter in Northern Kenya. All of them have since passed on.

Facts about West Pokot County

Geography of West Pokot County

West Pokot County  is located in the Rift Valley, it borders the following counties; Turkana to the North, Baringo to the East, Elgeyo Marakwet and Trans Nzoia to the South, and The Republic of Uganda to the West.

Area (Km 2): 9,169.4 Km 2

Climate/Weather: Rainfall varies from 400mm (lowlands) to 1,500mm (highlands) per annum. Temperature ranges from a minimum of 10 °C to a maximum of 30 °C in different parts of the county.

 Road Network: Bitumen Surface (151 Km), Gravel Surface (349 Km), Earth Surface (697 Km)

 Key National Monument(s): Nasolot Game Reserve, Kapenguria Prison Museum

 Population of West Pokot County

 Population: 512,690 (Male – 50 %, Female – 50-%)

 Population Density: 56 people per Km 2

National Percentage: 1.33 %

Annual Growth Rate: 3.1 %

 Age Distribution: 0-14 years (52.2 %), 15-64 years (45.1 %), 65+ years (2.7 %)

Number of Households: 93,777

 Government of West Pokot County

 County Capital: Kapenguria Town (proposed)

Number of Constituencies (2010): 3 (Kacheliba, Kapenguria, Sigor)

 Registered Voters: 114,718

 National percentage: 0.9 %

 Number of Districts (2009): 3 (West Pokot, Pokot North, Pokot Central)

 Number of Local Authorities (2010): 3 (County Council of Pokot, Chepararia Town Council, and Kapenguria Municipal Council)

 Economy of West Pokot County

 Poverty Level: 69.4 %

Age Dependency Ratio: 100:122

 Resources: Land, Water, Wildlife, Livestock, Pasture, Forests, Minerals, Medicinal Plants, Solar, Wind Energy

Tourist Attractions: Wildlife, Scenic Sites, Eco-tourism, Escarpments, Kapenguria Museum, Turkwel Hydro-Power Plant

 Financial Services: 2 Commercial Banks, 3 Micro-Finance

Main Economic Activities/industries: Nomadic Pastoralism, Mining, Commercial Businesses

 Agricultural products: Livestock Products, Maize, Beans

 Education inWest Pokot County

 Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (318), Secondary (34)

 Primary: Enrolment (105,452)

 Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:50 (Public Schools)

 Secondary: Enrolment (9,897)

 Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:36 (Public Schools)

 Tertiary: Data Not Available

 Adult Literacy Classes: Enrolment; Over 1,400

 Health in West Pokot County

 Health Facilities: 31 – District Hospitals (1), Dispensaries (27), Health Centres (3)

 Doctor to Population Ratio: 1: 84,528

 Infant Mortality Rates: 108 /1000

 Under Five Mortality Rates: 206 /1000

 Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, Respiratory Tract Infections, Diarrhoea, Skin Infections

 Notable Hospitals: Kapenguria District Hospital

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