Kisii County News

Kisii County borders Nyamira County to the North East, Narok County to the South and Homabay county and Migori County to the West. The County lies between latitude 00 30’ and 100 South and longitude 340 38’ and 350 East. It covers an area of 1,302km2, a population of 1,152,282 people as per the 2009 census.

Geography, Climate and Weather of Kisii County

Kisii County is characterized by a hilly topography with several ridges and valleys. It can be divided into three main topographical zones. The first zone cover areas lying below 1,500m above sea level located on the western boundary and include parts of Suneka, Marani and Nyamarambe. The second zone covers areas lying between 1500-1800m above sea level located in the Western parts of Keumbu and Sameta divisions, Eastern Marani and Gucha River basin.

The third zone covers areas lying above 1800m above sea level in parts of eastern and southern Keumbu, Masaba and Mosocho.

The most notable features of these topographical zones are hills of Sameta (1970m), Nyamasibi (2170m), Kiong’anyo (1710m), Kiamwasi (1785m), Kiongongi, Kiombeta, Sombogo, Nyanchwa and Kegochi hills. The general slope of the land is from east to west. The county is dissected by permanent rivers which flow westwards into Lake Victoria. Among the notable ones are Kuja, Mogusii, and Riana and Iyabe rivers. There are also depressions and valleys.

Ecological Conditions

Seventy five percent of the county has red volcanic soils (nitosols) which are deep in organic matter. The rest of the county has clay soils which have poor drainage (phaezems), red loams and sandy soils. In the valley bottoms, there exist black cotton soils (verisols) and organic peat soils (phanosols).The growth of cash crops such as tea, coffee, pyrethrum and subsistence crops such as maize, beans and potatoes are supported by the red volcanic soils.

The county can be divided into three ecological zones comprising the upper midland (UM) 75%, Lower Highland (LH) 20%, and Lower Midland (LM) 5%.About 78% of the county is arable of which 57% is under crop.

Climatic Conditions

Kisii County exhibits a highland equatorial climate resulting into a bimodal rainfall pattern with average annual rainfall of 1500m with the long rains between March and June while the short rains are received from September to November. The months of July and January are relatively dry. The maximum temperatures in the county range between 21°C – 30°C while the minimum temperatures range between 15°C – 20°C.

The high and reliable rainfall coupled with moderate temperatures is suitable for growing crops like tea, coffee, pyrethrum, maize, beans and bananas as well dairy farming.

Demographic Features

The Demographic features of the county which include population size, composition, density and distribution are discussed in the following section.

Population Size and Composition

Based on the 2009 Population and Housing Census, the county population is 1,152,282 comprising 550,464 males and 601,818 females respectively. This population is projected at 1,226,873 in 2012 consisting of 536,062 males and 640,811 females. With a growth rate of 2.1%, the population is estimated to be 1,306,652 in 2015 with 624,171 males and 682,481 females and is projected at 1,362,779 with 650,982 males and 711,797 females by 2017.

More About Kisii County

Kisii County is among the most picturesque and naturally endowed counties in Kenya. Blessed with breath-taking hills and valleys interspersed by all-year-round clear flowing rivers, the county is a beehive of agricultural and commercial activities thanks to the abundant rainfall and the industrious spirit of our people.

Over seventy five per cent of Kisii county has red volcanic soils which are deep in organic matter best suited for the growth of cash crops such as tea, coffee, pyrethrum, and sugarcane and food crops such as maize, bananas, beans and potatoes making it one of the very few counties which has never received food aid occasioned by drought.

Kisii Town, the headquarters of the county, is the commercial hub in the region serving the bordering counties of Nyamira, Narok, Homabay and Migori and a total population of over four million. This is confirmed by the presence of 17 commercial banking and financial institutions’ branches including the long existing Kenya Commercial Bank, Barclay’s Bank, National Bank and Co-operative Bank and newer entrants such as Equity Bank, Eco-Bank, and K-Rep Bank, all doing thriving business. Indeed Kisii County contributes 60 per cent of the money market handled by the Central Bank in Nyanza Region. Due to this huge turnover of the business handled by these institutions, the Government of Kisii County has written to the Central Bank to establish a Kenya Central Bank branch in Kisii Town to reduce the cost of handling money, further enhancing the attractiveness of the county in terms of investment.

The county and Kisii Town in particular, also hosts all the major supermarket chain stores such as Nakumatt, Naivas,Tusky’s, and Uchumi (now making a comeback) and the local Kisiimatt, all taking advantage of the large population and the positioning of the town.

There are also numerous other business ventures such as hotels, restaurants, sports pubs, among other commercial activities. The county also hosts one of the seven Coca-Cola bottling and distribution plants in Kenya. in some cases, these businesses are owned by investors  from outside Kisii County testifying to the cosmopolitan nature of the town. All these endowments make Kisii County an investor’s paradise that one cannot afford to miss out on.

Location of Kisii County

Kisii county is located in western Kenya. It has a population of 1 152 282 as per the 2008 census, 245,029 households and covers an area of 1,317.4 sq km.

The population density stands at 874.7 people per sq. km and 51% of the population live below the poverty line.

Kisii County is a major business hub in the Western region.

Due to the massive circulation of money in the region, Kisii town has attracted a total of 17 commercial banks.

Kisii is among the first major towns after the Kenya Tanzania boarder and serves as the first stop for traders and business community within region.

The flooding of banks in the county is a clear indication that the town is an economic powerhouse in the region.

The town also receives lots of cash from the Diaspora.

Some of the banks that have set up shop in Kisii include, Diamond Trust, Standard Chartered, Kenya Women and Finance Trust, Family Bank, Bank of Africa, Equity, Kenya Commercial, K-Rep, Co-operative, National Bank, Post Bank, CFC Stanbic, Barclays, Ecobank and Credit Bank.

About 90 percent of the residents rely on agriculture for economic empowerment with the main activities being subsistence farming, soapstone carvings, vegetable, dairy, tea, coffee and small scale farming.

Kisii receives frequent convectional rains and enjoys a great highland climate.

The county has nine constituencies and 10 sub-counties. It is a vibrant urban and commercial centre with the town having about 85,000 residents.

According to latest national population and housing census of 2009, it has a large dependent metropolitan population of over 100,000 residents.

Kisii is a bustling town and home to several businesses, organizations, educational institutions and government agencies.

Due to its high population density, the Ministry of Local Government proposed for a spatial modern plan meant to expand the town jurisdiction from Nyakoe, Suneka, to kegati areas of 72 Sq km. The population density stands at 2862 per km.

Economy of Kisii County

The economy of Kisii town today is derived from commerce and agriculture. Kisii town is dotted with tall commercial buildings and is ever bustling with activity. It has several businesses dealing in food processing, health care and education.

Although it has are few industrial setups, the county has the potential for the establishment of large agro-based industries.

Kisii town also hosts large supermarket chain stores – Naivas, Uchumi, Nakumatt and Tuskeys.

Currently, the town hosts 17 commercial banking and financial institutions. The banks have taken advantage of the large population and the positioning of Kisii as a major economic powerhouse in the western region.

There are also numerous other businesses such as the hospitality sector with hotels, bars, restaurants, sports pubs, among other commercial activities. The county has an airstrip located in South West Suneka where charted planes can land.

From Kisii, it is easy to get to Tabaka Soapstone quarries, the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Narok, Lambwe Valley Game Reserve in South Nyanza, Kisumu city and the Kenya/ border point.

Air service to Kisii is minimal. However, chartered flights mainly from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport air flight passengers to Suneka Airstrip situated 9 km southwest of the town.

Kisii has several stadia at each sub-county with the main one being the Gusii Stadium that is a popular venue for meetings and sports tournaments.

Golf is mainly played by middle and the upper income bracket who are members of Kisii Golf & Sports Club.

Kisii (Level 5) General Hospital and Kisii University are the largest central government-owned facilities in the county.

However, the town has several private hospitals and medical centres. These include the Agha khan, Hema, Getembe, Christa Marianne, Nyangena and Bosongo Medical Center.

Main crops produced

The main crops produced include: maize, bananas, beans, potatoes, tea, sugarcane, coffee and horticultural crops.

Main Livestock bred

The main livestock bred in Kisii County are; Dairy cattle and Zebu, goats, sheep, donkeys, poultry among others.

Main fishing activities

The county has 677 fish farmers with 3,100 fish ponds with each of the seven constituencies having at least 300 fish ponds. Tilapia and Cat fish are the main types of fish grown.

Education in Kisii County

Academic institutions in the municipality and outlying areas include Kisii National School, Our Lady of Lourdes Girls’ High School, Nyabururu, Kereri Girls’ High School, Cardinal Otunga High School Mosocho, St. Mary’s Mosocho, ltierio High School, Nyanchwa High School, Kioge Girls’ Nyabigena, Nduru,  Nyamache, Riokindo Boys, St Angela Sengera  Sameta High School among many others.

Notable private schools such as Sakagwa School, Rehema School, Set Green Hill, AIC, Gusii Highlights Academy, Elsa Academy, Elimu Academy Imperial Primary School are located in this county.

Municipal schools such as Kisii Primary School, Jogoo Primary School, Nyanchwa Primary, Getembe Primary are based in the town.

Due the large population and ever-increasing demand for education, most public universities and colleges have set up campuses in Kisii town.

Notable institutions that have set up shop in the town include the University of Nairobi, Egerton University, Jomo Kenyatta University, Kenya Methodist, African Nazarene, Mount Kenya, Bondo University and Narok University College.

There are also several middle level colleges and polytechniques. These include Gusii Institute, Kenya Institute of Management, Kisii College of Accountancy, St. Annes College, Kisii DICECE (Government College Training Early Childhood Teachers) and many more

 Recreation in Kisii County

Kisii Library, a branch of the Kenya National Library Service, serves the local residents.

The facility is located near the centre of the town opposite the County Government offices.

For sports lovers, the Gusii Stadium is the venue for scheduled Kenya Premier League (KPL) soccer tournaments and locally organized sporting events.

Kisii Golf Course & Sports Club is the place for golf lovers and relaxation.

The town has several other leisure and entertainment venues. The town boasts a diverse collection of country and garden hotels. These include Kisii Hotel, Zonic, Storm, Nile Restaurant, Ufanisi Resort, Nyakoe, Mash Park, St. Vincent’s, May flower, Dados, Magharibi, Mwalimu International, Dallas, Josam among others.

It also has numerous bars, sports pubs and many up market restaurants which are popular with both visitors and residents alike.

The town also boasts a couple of nightclubs – The Backyard and Club Webs among others.

Transport in Kisii County

The County has a network of 1,132.598 km of classified roads and 435km of rural access roads. About 170.848kms of the roads are tarmacked, 292.55 km graveled, while 669.2 km are earth roads. These roads serve high agricultural potential areas. Though the roads are well distributed, poor maintenance and hilly terrain of the county make them inaccessible during the rainy season.

The county has one airstrip at Suneka in Kisii South district which need to be expanded to allow landing of commercial jets to facilitate movement from the county to major towns like Kisumu, Eldoret and Nairobi and even outside the country.

Major towns centres in Kisii County

The major towns in the county of Kisii include: Kisii town, Ogembo town, Nyamache town, Gesusu, and Suneka town.

Financial Institutions in Kisii County

There are ten major banks in the county namely; Barclays Bank, Kenya Commercial Bank, Cooperative Bank, Equity Bank, Bank of Africa, Standard Chartered, CFC Stanbic, Diamond Trust Bank, Eco- Bank and National Bank. There are five major micro-finance institutions namely: K-Rep, Family Bank, Credit Bank, KWFT and Post Bank. The major SACCOs in the county are Mwalimu SACCO, Wakenya Pamoja, Ogembo Tea SACCO, AFC and Kenyenya SACCO.

Education in Kisii County

The County of Kisii has 467 primary schools and 334 secondary schools of which two are national schools namely; Kisii Boys and Nyabururu Girls High Schools. There is no national polytechnic in the county. The county has 7 colleges, one training institute, 1 university College and 8 university campuses of both public and private universities.

Tourist Attractions in Kisii County

There are potential tourist attractions sites like Tabaka soapstone, river kuja among others which need to be exploited.

Only a few wild animals like porcupines, monkeys, snakes and various species of birds live in the bushy river valleys. There are no registered game parks in the county but some geological sites can offer good tourist sites.

Top Best Accommodation and Hotels in Kisii County

Dallas Inn

Category: Hotels in Kisii Town Kenya

Dallas Inn is a luxurious hotel situated next to the business district in Kisii, County. The Hotel provides quality accommodation at affordable prices.Each room features a wardrobe and an en-suite shower. Complimentary breakfast is served daily. The onsite restaurant and bar serves a variety of local meals and drinks. Guests can enjoy work out session at the gym.The hotel features a business facility. Laundry and car hire services are provided upon request. Onsite parking is available and the premises are guarded round the clock. Dallas Inn is in close proximity to Kisii Hospital and Standard Chartered Bank.

For more information visit: Dallas Inn

Gesonso Water Park Resort

Category: Hotels in Kisii County

Gesonso Water Park Resort is a budget friendly hotel located on a serene environment away from the city center in Kisii, Kenya. The resort features an event center.The rooms are fitted with a TV with satellite channels, a wardrobe and an en-suite bathroom.Breakfast is served daily at no extra charge. Guests can order local dishes at the onsite restaurant. The bar also serves soft and alcoholic drinks.Laundry and airport shuttle services are available onsite. The premises are guarded round the clock and onsite parking is also available.

For more information visit: Gesonso Water Park Resort

Mwalimu International Hotel

Category: Hotels in Kisii County

Mwalimu International Hotel (MIH) is a Centrally located, Kisii’s premier boutique hotel catering for the needs and demands of both the domestic and global traveler, with personalized attention and care of the guests at the fore-front of their actions. Free Wi-Fi is available.Each room in the hotel is fitted with an en-suite bathroom and a TV with satellite/cable TV service. Its on-site restaurant serves local and continental menu options which can be enjoyed outdoors. Drinks and beverages are also available at the bar.

For more information visit; Mwalimu International Hotel

The Stephens Hotel

Category: Hotels in Kisii County

The Stephens Hotel is located near trading centres in Kisii Town Kenya. Free WiFi is available.Each room features a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, tile floors and an en suite bathroom. Breakfast service is surcharged. The hotel houses an onsite restaurant which serves local and international dishes. Conferencing facilities attract additional charges. Onsite parking is available. The Stephens Hotel is 74 m away from Juction shopping center, Kisii.

For more information visit: The Stephens Hotel

Hotel Dans

Category: Hotels in Kisii County

Hotel Dans is located within Kisii CBD, Kenya. The hotel is strategically located close to trading and business centers. Their spacious room are beautifully designed with an en-suite bathroom and a balcony. The rooms are fitted with a flat screen TV and wardrobes. Complimentary breakfast is served daily. The on-site restaurant offers local and international cuisine, while the bar offers a variety of drinks.Services offered include on-site parking, car hire and laundry services are available on request. The premises are guarded round-the-clock by security personnel.The hotel is a few kilometers from Kisii Teaching Referral Hospital and Nakumatt Kisii.

For more information visit: Hotel Dans

Zonic Hotel

Category: Hotels in Kisii County

Zonic Hotel is a luxurious budget friendly hotel situated in a business district in Kisii, Kenya.Each room is fitted with an ornate lampshade, a mini-sitting area, full length windows, a TV with satellite reception and an en suite bathroom. The rooms are designed with a balcony which overlooks the surroundings.A Complementary breakfast is served daily. Local and Indian meals are served at the onsite restaurant, while guests can order a variety of drinks at the bar. Shared kitchen facilities are provided at the hotel.

For more information visit:  Zonic Hotel

Sakawa Towers County Hotel

Category: Hotels in Kisii County

Sakawa Towers County Hotel is a small lodge lying in a serene environment at the center of Kisii town, Kenya. The hotel boasts an onsite restaurant and bar, and an event facility.The hotel’s rooms have an en-suite bathroom, a balcony and a TV with cable service. Sakawa Towers County Hotel is in close proximity to Manga Hill, Tabaka Soap Stones, Migori Gold Mines and Nyanturago Gusii Culture Heritage.

For more information visit :Sakawa Towers County Hotel

Hotel Nyakoe

Category: Hotels in Kisii Town Kenya

Hotel Nyakoe is a modernized budget friendly hotel situated in Kisii county 5 km from Nakumatt Supermarket ,the hotel boasts a restaurant,bar and free WiFi.Their exquisite gardens coupled with the conferencing and accommodation facilities make for the perfect venue for Board luncheons, Product launches, Workshops, Seminars, wedding parties and team building activities.Delight your palate with excellently prepared meals at the Hotel Nyakoe restaurant. The restaurant embraces all the stringent requirements of a fine dining establishment with emphasis on taste, good ambiance and excellent service.The airy bar is spacious and uniquely decked. Come relax and have a great time with friends as you enjoy local and international alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

For more information visit: Hotel Nyakoe

Mash Park Kisii

Category: Hotels in Kisii Town Kenya

Mash Park Hotel is located along Migori Road, Kisii, Kenya. The hotel sits amidst lush tropical gardens with panoramic views over of Kisii. Each spacious room is beautifully designed with an en-suite bathroom and fitted with a TV, work table and chair and sofas .Complimentary breakfast is served daily. Other meals may be ordered at the on-site restaurant which prepares a variety of local and continental dishes. The bar is stocked with an assortment of drinks. Guests may relax and enjoy drinks at the bar after an eventful day. Bonfires are also set up for guests to enjoy quiet nights under the moonlight. The hotel offers a playground for children.

For more information visit; Mash Park Hotel

Sundowner Guest House

Category: Hotels in Kisii Town Kenya

Sundowner Guesthouse is situated in Kisii, Kenya. Guests enjoy panoramic view of Kisii town. Each room is fitted with a TV set, a refrigerator, a worktable and designed with an en-suite shower. African meals are served at the on-site restaurant, while guests order a variety of drinks at the bar.Laundry service is provided upon request. Nearby parking is available and the premises are guarded round the clock.

For more information visit; Sundowner Guesthouse

Itibo Resort

Category: Hotels in Kisii County

Itibo Resort is an affordable resort located in the Itibo area in Kisii, Kenya. The resort is strategically located in a quiet area close to trading and business center away from Kisii Town. Itibo Resort is an ideal destination for budget and business travelers and is only 30 minutes drive to Kisii Town. Free Wi-Fi is available. Each spacious room is beautifully designed with an en-suite bathroom and fitted with a TV, work table and chair and sofas.Complimentary breakfast is served daily. Other meals may be ordered at the on-site restaurant which prepares a variety of local and continental dishes.

For more information visit: Itibo Resort

Bunker Hotel

Category: Hotels in Kisii County

Bunker Hotel is located 3 minutes from Keroka town in Kisii County Kenya.Officially launched in 2014, they provide hotel services. Amongst the services that they offer are accommodation, conference facilities,event facilities, entertainment, and excellent meal. They also offer you a view of the bunkers in Kisii. Their professional, friendly and polite staff will warmly receive you and provide you with excellent and satisfactory service. Bunker Hotel s “a hidden gem” with amazing scenery and awesome service.

For more information visit: Bunker Hotel

Metro Highway Hotel

Category: Hotels in Kisii County

Metro Highway Hotel is located in the central business district of Kisii Town, Kenya. The hotels location makes it an ideal accommodation for business travelers.Each room is fitted with a shower, a TV with satellite channels and a worktable. Breakfast service is surcharged. The onsite restaurant serves a variety of African dishes. Drinks ordered at the bar can be enjoyed at the lounge. Car hire and laundry services are provided at a fee. The hotel allows nearby and on-site parking. The premises are guarded by security personnel.

For more information visit: Metro Highway Hotel

Magharibi Garden Hotel

Category: Hotels in Kisii County

Magharibi Garden Hotel is a 3star hotel, aiming to offer unprecedented luxury and quality in Kisii. Located within easy reach of the business district, but away from the bustle of town, it combines security and convenience in one location. Beautiful architecture, a spacious setup and lush gardens create a beautiful and peaceful environment for business and leisure travelers alike. By providing great service, serving exciting culinary delights, our guests are treated to a complete hospitality experience.

For more information visit: Magharibi Garden Hotel

Ufanisi Resort

Category: Hotels in Kisii County

Ufanisi Resort Kisii is spread over five acres and built on a lush-tropical rain forest, overlooking Kisii town. The resort overlooks the picturesque Nyachwa Hills and the Manga Hills in the background.All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain units include a seating area to relax in after a busy day. The rooms are fitted with a private bathroom.

For more information visit; Ufanisi Resort

For more information visit: Tourism and Tourists Attractions in Kisii County

Hospitals in Kisii County

There are 71 level 2, 18 level 3, 8 level 4 and 1 level 5 hospitals in the county which include private and mission hospitals. The government operates about 65% of the facilities while the rest are managed by the private and mission hospitals.

Investment Opportunities in Kisii County

Various investment opportunities exist for value-addition in agriculture,soapstone mining and processing, the hospitality industry, real estate development, hydro and waste management among others. The following are some of the areas already identified as potential areas for investment.

Coffee: The Arabica coffee grown in Kisii County is among the best in the world yet is unknown as it is used for blending with coffee from other countries so as to improve their quality. The county is seeking for an investor to set up a facility to process, brand and market this unique product.

Tea: The top ranked tea at the Mombasa auction is from Kisii County and like in coffee we are seeking for an investor to brand and market our tea both locally and internationally. An investment opportunity also exists in the area of a green tea factory.

Fruit Processing: The County has an abundant supply of fruits (passion fruit, pineapples, tomatoes, oranges) for a fruit processing plant. This can be juice extraction, canning, jams, marmalade, etc. Also, there is an oversupply of avocados to support a medium sized plant to process the fruit into various products.

Pyrethrum: Kisii County was at one time the world leader in the production of pyrethrum which it lost due to the introduction of synthetic products. With the world getting more environmentally aware, the demand for natural solutions has grown. An investment opportunity exists for a plant to extract pyrethrin as an insecticide.

Banana: Various varieties of bananas grow in the county making this the most attractive agro- product for value addition due to its abundance. Investors are welcome to set up plants to process this readily available produce into various products including juice, wafers, crisps, cakes, flour etc.

Sugarcane: Investors are invited to set up a sugarcane factory to process the cane in South Mogirango and Transmara which is currently being transported over long distances to SONY Sugar in Migori County with the consequential damage to our roads.

Energy: Various investment opportunities exist in the energy sector. The Gucha River which flows into Lake Victoria has three major falls with potential for mini-hydro plants. A captive market exists within the county for the electricity generated including selling to the national grid. Another investment opportunity is in green energy (solar panels and wind mills) which have great potential in view of the long hours of sunshine and strong winds experienced in the county.

Mining; Kisii County has two main mining potentials: soapstone and granite. Investors are invited for mining and setting up a plant for the manufacture of tiles, chalk and powder from soapstone. Another investment opportunity exists in the mining of granite, an important component in the manufacture of tiles.

Housing: Given a total population of close to 100,000 residents in Kisii Town alone, this is a prime investment opportunity as there are currently no housing estates in the county. Housing estates are required in all major urban centres in the nine sub-counties. Serious investors will be assisted by the county in identifying land for setting up high, medium and low level income housing estates.

Hospitality: This is an area whose potential has not been fully exploited. The highest rated hotel in the whole of Kisii County is two star. Investors are invited to establish tourist class hotels with conference facilities and resorts to attract eco-tourism and niche products tourism (health, agricultural, nature, sports, cuisine, and cultural).

Livestock: Potential exists for the establishment of a feed meal plant to meet the needs of livestock and chicken farmers.

Kisii County Jobs

Kisii County Jobs opportunities for all qualified personnel and those who would wish to work with Kisii County government. Jobs in Kisii County are posted on the county website.

Jobs in Kisii County are awarded in a free, fair and transparency manner in the need to fight corruption in the country.

To access these Kisii county jobs advertisement click the link: Kisii County Jobs for the latest job opportunities in the county.

Kisii County Tenders

Kisii county tenders are awarded in a free, fair and transparency manner in the need to fight corruption in the country.

To access tenders in Kisii county click the link: for the latest job opportunities in the county.

Kisii County Governor and Deputy Governor

The current governor of Kisii County is Hon. James Ongwae and the deputy governor is Hon. Joash Maangi.

Constituencies in Kisii County

  1. Bonchari Constituency
  2. South Mugirango Constituency
  3. Bomachoge Constituency
  4. Mugirango Constituency
  5. Bobasi Constituency
  6. Gucha Constituency
  7. Nyaribari Masaba Constituency
  8. Nyaribari Chache Constituency
  9. Marani Constituency
  10. Mosocho Constituency

Kisii County Wards

Details about Kisii County Wards will be updated soon…

Facts About Kisii County

Kisii County is located to the south east of Lake Victoria and is bordered by six counties with Narok to the south, Migori to the west, Homa Bay to the north west, Kisumu to the north, Bomet to the south east and Nyamira to the east.

Area (Km 2): 1,317.4 Km 2

Climate/Weather: Has two rainfall seasons; Short (September – November) and Long (February – June), of over 1,500mm per annum with temperatures ranging from 16 0C to 27 0C.

Road Network: Bitumen Surface 73 Km, Gravel & Earth Surface 409 Km – (Kisii Central District)

Kisii County Population

Population: 1,152,282 (Male – 48 %, Female – 52%)

Population Density: 874.7 people per Km 2

National Percentage:  2.9 %

Annual Growth Rate: 2.75% (2009)

Age Distribution: 0-14 years (45%), 15-64 years (51.6 %), 65+ years (3.4%)

Number of households: 245,029

Kisii County Government

County Capital:  Kisii Town (proposed)

Number of Constituencies (2010): 7 (Bobasi, Bonchari, Bomachoge, Kitutu Chache, Nyaribari Chache, Nyaribari Masaba, and South Mugirango)

Registered Voters: 364,892

National percentage: 2.9 %

Number of Local Authorities (2010):  11 (Town Councils of Keroka, Suneka, Masimba, Ogembo, Nyamarambe, Nyamache and Tabaka. County Councils of Kisii, Gusii, Gucha and Municipal Councils of Kisii.

Economy of Kisii County

Poverty Level:  51% of population live below poverty line

Age Dependency Ratio: 100:94

Resources:  Soapstone, Arable land

Financial Services:  More than 8 commercial banks, over 6 micro-finance Institutions

Main Economic Activities/industries: Subsistence agriculture, vegetable farming, small-scale trade, dairy farming, tea and coffee growing, commercial businesses and soapstone carvings.

Agricultural products: Tea, coffee, bananas, tomatoes, vegetables, dairy products, maize, sugarcane.

Education in Kisii County

Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (1,101), Secondary (363),

Primary: Total Enrolment (273,111)

Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 41 (Public Schools)

Secondary: Total Enrolment (60,098)

Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 27.7 (Public Schools)

Tertiary: Over 70 (Colleges, Universities and Polytechnics)

Adult Literacy Classes: Total Enrolment (Over 1,600)

Health in Kisii County

Health Facilities: District Hospitals (4), Sub-District Hospitals (9), Dispensaries (80), Health Centres (23), Medical Clinics (12), Nursing Homes (2) Others (6)

Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:34,992

Infant Mortality Rates: 90/1000 (Kisii District)

Under Five Mortality Rates: 109/1000

Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, diarrhoea, pneumonia, URTI infections, HIV/Aids

Notable Hospitals: Gucha and Kisii District Hospitals and Tabaka Mission Hospital.

Kisii County Contacts

Physical Address

P.O. Box 4550
+254 5820 30005/208
+254 5820 30208

Kisii County Website

Kisii County Map

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