HomaBay County News
HomaBay County is located in the Southern part of Nyanza region, along the southern shores of Lake Victoria. Homa Bay County covers an area of 3,183.3 sq km with a population of about 1.3 million people.
The county of Homa-Bay borders five Counties;- Migori County to the South, Kisii County and Nyamira County to the East, and Kericho County and Kisumu County to the North East. It is accessible by lake transport, road and air. Its Kabunde Airstrip has just been renovated and opened for commercial flights.
The County headquarters –Homa Bay town is located some 105km south of Kisumu and about 420km south-west of Nairobi.
Homa Bay County Location and size
Homa Bay County lies between latitude 0o15’ South and 0o52’ South, and between longitudes 34o East and 35o East. The county covers an area of 4,267.1 Km2 inclusive of the water surface which on its own covers an area of 1,227 km2. The county is located in South Western Kenya along Lake Victoria where it boarders Kisumu and Siaya counties to the North, Kisii and Nyamira counties to the East, Migori County to the South and Lake Victoria and the Republic of Uganda to the West.
Homa Bay County Physiographic and Natural Conditions
The county is divided into two main relief regions namely the lakeshore lowlands and the upland plateau with a number of rivers namely Awach Kibuon, Awach Tende, Maugo, Kuja, Rangwe and Riana rivers, most of which originates from Kisii and Nyamira counties. Climate is inland equatorial, with temperatures ranging from a mean annual minimum of 17.1°C to a mean maximum of 34.8°C, with rainfall amounts of between 250mm and 700mm per annum.
HomaBay County Administrative Units and Political Units
Homa Bay County has eight parliamentary constituencies and 40 electoral wards. According to the 2009 census, Homa Bay County had 428,911 persons who had attained the voting age of 18 years, representing 41.7 per cent of the total county population. This eligible voter population is projected to have reached 449,319 persons (or 46.6 per cent) of the total county population in 2012.
HomaBay County Population
Based on projections from the 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census, Homa Bay County has an estimated population of 1,038,858 persons consisting of 498,472 males and 540,386 females by the end of the year 2012. This population is projected to rise to 1,177,181persons in 2017. Of this total, 564,843 will be males while 612,338 will be females.
HomaBay County Tenders
HomaBay county tenders are awarded in a free, fair and transparency manner in the need to fight corruption in the country.
To access tenders in HomaBay county click the link: http://homabay.go.ke/ for the latest job opportunities in the county.
HomaBay County Jobs opportunities for all qualified personnel and those who would wish to work with HomaBay County government. Jobs in HomaBay County are posted on the county website.
Jobs in HomaBay County are awarded in a free, fair and transparency manner in the need to fight corruption in the country.
To access these HomaBay county jobs advertisement click the link: Homa Bay county jobs for the latest job opportunities in the county.
HomaBay County Governor and Deputy Governor
The current governor of HomaBay County is Hon. Cyprian Otieno Awiti and the deputy governor is Hon. Hamilton Orata.
Constituencies in HomaBay County
- Kasipul Constituency
- Kabondo Constituency
- Karachuonyo Constituency
- Rangwe Constituency
- Homa Bay Town Constituency
- Ndhiwa Constituency
- Mbita Constituency
- Gwasi Constituency
HomaBay County Wards
Details about HomaBay County Wards will be updated soon…
Facts About Homa Bay County
Area (Km 2): 3,183.3 Km 2
Climate/Weather: Temperatures range from a mean annual minimum of 17.1°C to a mean maximum of 34.8°C, with rainfall amounts of between 250mm and 700mm per annum.
Road Network: Bitumen Surface (101.8 Km), Gravel Surface (415.4 Km), Earth Surface (604.6 Km)
Key National Monument(s): Ruma National Park, Tom Mboya Mausoleum
Population of Homa Bay County
Population: 963,794 (Male – 48 %, Female – 52 %)
Population Density: 303 people per Km 2
National Percentage: 2.5 %
Annual Growth Rate: 2.7 %
Age Distribution: 0-14 years (48.1 %), 15-64 years (48.2 %), 65+ years (3.7 %)
Number of Households: 206,255
Government of Homa Bay County
County Capital: Homa Bay Town (Proposed)
Number of Constituencies (2010): 6 (Gwasi, Karachuonyo, Kasipul Kabondo, Mbita, Ndhiwa, Rangwe)
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Registered Voters: 283,211
National percentage: 2.2 %
Number of Districts (2009): 3 (Homa Bay, Rachuonyo, Suba)
Number of Local Authorities (2010): 7 (Town councils of Mbita Point, Oyugis, and Kendu Bay, County council of Suba, Rachuonyo, and Homa Bay, and Municipal Council of Homa Bay)
Economy of Homa Bay County
Poverty Level: 50.2 %
Age Dependency Ratio: 100:107
Resources: Water, Arable Land, Livestock, Pasture, Wildlife
Tourist Attractions: Ruma National Park, Winam Gulf of Lake Victoria, Rusinga and Mfangano Islands, Kanjera Archaeological site, Volcanic Lake Simbi Nyaima in Karachuonyo, Mt. Homa
Financial Services: 5 Commercial Banks, 2 Micro-Finance Institutions
Main Economic Activities/industries: Fishing and fish trade, Fish Processing, Commercial Businesses
Agricultural products: Maize, Millet, Cassava, Sunflower
Education in Homa Bay County
Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (1,000), Secondary (235)
Primary: Enrolment (283,162)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:45 (Public Schools)
Secondary: Enrolment (31,317)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:27 (Public Schools)
Tertiary: Over 20 (Includes a University Campus, Medical Training College, Farmers Training College, Youth Polytechnic, and Several Commercial Colleges)
Adult Literacy Classes: Enrolment – Over 1,500
Health in Homa Bay County
Health Facilities: 164 – District Hospitals (4), Sub-District Hospitals (7), Dispensaries (88), Health Centres (38), Medical Clinics (14), VCT Centres (7), Other (1)
Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:150,000 (Rachuonyo), 1:85,000 (Suba), 1:38,707 (Homa Bay)
Infant Mortality Rates: 87/1000 (Rachuonyo), 110/1000 (Suba), 137/1000 (Homa Bay)
HomaBay County Contacts
Office of the Governor, Homabay County
P.O. Box 469-40300, Homabay, Kenya
Tel: +254-715 147403
Tel: +254-722 539627
Tel: +254-722 783431
Tel: +254-722 842553
HomaBay County Website