Mombasa County News
Mombasa County, is the smallest county in the province, covering an area of 229.7 Km2 excluding 65 Km2 of water mass. The county is situated in the South Eastern part of Coast region. It borders Kilifi County to the North, Kwale County to the South West and the Indian Ocean to the East.
Administratively, the county is segregated into seven divisions, eighteen locations and thirty sub-location and hosts six constituencies namely Mvita, Changamwe, Jomvu Kuu, Likoni, Kisauni and Nyali.
The county hosts Mombasa city which is gateway to East Africa and the Great Lake counties and a home to almost all the Kenyan’s ethnic communities.
Population distribution and settlement patterns in the county are influenced by proximity to roads, water and electricity facilities. The population is also concentrated in areas where there is availability and accessibility to employment opportunities, affordable housing, and security.
Highly populated areas are in Island Division, Likoni, Kingorani, Bamburi, Bangladesh Mikindani, Jomvu, Miritini, Migadini, Port Reitz, Mtwapa, Mishomoroni and Bombolulu among others.
The county has various settlement schemes namely Jomvu Kuu, Bububu A, Shikaadabu , Vyemani, Mwembelegeza and Majaoni.
Despite the efforts being made to settle people, the county still has a very large number of landless people most of who live in the city’s slums of Mishomoroni, Junda and Kisumu Ndogo in Bamburi Division and Shika Adabu and Ngomeni in Likoni district.
According to the 2009 Census Report (Source KNBS) Mombasa county population stood at 939,370 and is projected to increase to 1,041,928 by sunset of 2012.
While the Medium Term Plan (MTP) of the vision 2030 focuses on broad National policies aimed at making Kenya a globally competitive Nation, this County Development Profile translates this national aspiration into specific micro interventions to address the unique county needs.
Additionally, it profile provides an implementation framework for the vision 2030 which contains the people’s perceptions, strategies and suggestions on how best to achieve and sustain a GDP growth rate of 10%.
The major development challenges include among others; poor road networks, rapid urbanization and housing problems, inadequate education facilities, inadequate health care delivery points, high unemployment among the youthful, insecurity, weak land ownership regime, perennial water shortages and growth of unplanned and informal settlements.
History of Mombasa County
Mombasa has a long history the traces can be found from the writings of the 16th century. Many traders did attempt to enforce their governance on the town due to its advantageously central location, where Arab influence is felt prominently till date.
The town of Mombasa remained the center of the Arab trade in ivory and slaves from the 8th to the 16th century. It is known that Arab traders sailed down around to the coast of Kenya from the first century AD who continued to build trade along the ports of Mombasa and Lamu.
Portuguese also had their influence on the port that changed the face of the land by burning it almost three times. It is believed that Vasco da Gama was the first known European to visit Mombasa, whose purpose of exploration was to spread the Christian faith to further expand Portugal’s trading area. Mombasa became Portugal’s main trading centre of spices, cotton and coffee, where Fort Jesus was constructed. The Fort served as the major center for trading goods that protected the Portuguese from conflicts with locals the remains of which still attracts a great deal of tourists and visitors. As slavery was highly practiced during that era, the local slaves were exchanged for goods.
Until 1698, the Portuguese controlled the city, but soon the Omani Arabs took over the charge.
Finally, the British took control of Mombasa in 1895, wherein the British East African Protectorate was established.
Colonization perpetuated in Mombasa that promoted European culture over the town and the Kenyan lands. Like in India, the British gained momentum and established control of the port. They even completed a railway line in the early 1900’s from Mombasa to Uganda which is perhaps the major landmark in the history of Mombasa. Thus, from 1887 to 1907, Mombasa remained the capital of the British East Africa Protectorate.
The British rule ended and Kenya received its independence on the 12th December 1963. From herein, began the creation of political parties and unions that faced elections for the formation of a stable government. Though significant political shifts and oppositions led to violence, the pressure from the international and African community led the leaders to finally come to a consensus and form a power-sharing agreement.
Tourist Attractions in Mombasa County
The Portuguese built Fort Jesus in 1593. The site chosen was a coral ridge at the entrance to the harbor. The Fort was designed by an Italian Architect and Engineer, Joao, Batista Cairato. The earliest known plan of the Fort is in a manuscript Atlas by Manuel Godinho de Heredia – dated 1610 which shows the original layout of the buildings inside the Fort.
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It was built to secure the safety of Portuguese living on the East Coast of Africa.
The Haller park – formerly Bamburi Nature Trail is the largest animal sanctuary in Mombasa. The park boasts an owen & mzee at the Haller parkenormous variety of animals, reptiles, insects and botanical gardens. Walking along the trail is the ideal way to look at the various animals, and on many occasions holding or feeding a reptile such as a snake is allowed under close supervision of a guide.
“Old Town” is the part of Mombasa that is reminiscent of the days when the Arabs exerted a heavy influence on the town and its culture, and especially in the architecture and language (Kiswahili has a lot of phrases derived from various Arabic dialects). It is well known for its ancient buildings, extravagant art designs and curio shops that sell antique and popular Kenyan souvenirs. Old Town is best seen when explored by foot with an experienced guide.
Wild Waters, Nyali
Transformed to its present magnificent beauty from seven and half Acres of wasted land but maintaining the natural environment the New family Entertainment Park. Wild Waters is the biggest of its Kind in the larger region of East Africa. The park provides a complete family experience with fun the Water, Land and Air.
Mamba village is East Africa’s largest crocodile farm that featuresCrocodile-feeding a comprehesive tour as well as video presentation on the life cycle and beheviour of crocodiles.
The highligths of many vistors is the scene of crocodile fighting for food during feeding time. Mamba village is divided into different sections which include the crocodile farm, the horse and camel riding, and floura magic, which is bonatical garden.
Ngomongo Villages was born in 1991. At that time it was a sun bakedngomongo villages and barren rocky base of an exhausted limestone mine. The floor of this quarry is barely five feet above the slightly salty water table.
A local medical doctor started single handedly to reclaim this quarry by planting four acres of eighty different indigenous trees. Public awareness to tree planting was raised by inviting the public to plant the last open acre of quarry. A total of about fifteen thousand trees and plants have so far been planted in Ngomongo Villages.
The Bombolulu workshops are located along the north coast ofbombolulu Mombasa. Founded in 1969, Bombolulu Workshops is a Project of the Association for the Physically Disabled in Kenya (APDK). It is a major Tourist attraction which consists of a Cultural Centre with 8 traditional homesteads. The Centre also runs a traditional Restaurant and entertains guests with traditional dances throughout the day.
Pirates Public Beach
This place could be attractive or congested depending on the day of the week. The best days to visit this public beach is on a week day. At that time, its almost deserted and you can enjoy having the whole beach to yourself. But on weekends and public holidays, the beach comes alive with hundreds of people enjoying various activities and swimming, and others selling various merchandise.
Mombasa County Government – Facts
- Political units: Constituencies (6) and Wards (30)
- Labour force: 65.24 per cent of the total County population
- Road Network: 27 km classified roads and 221.46 km unclassified roads.
- Telecommunications: 95% of residents of Mombasa have mobiles
- Literacy level: 86.2%.
- Energy Access: 53.6% use paraffin
- Land use: 30% of the inhabitants have title deeds.
- Tourism: Contribute to 68% of the wage employment
- Unemployment: 13.5%.
- Health: Referral facility (1), Private hospitals (15) and Public dispensaries (25)
Mombasa County Population
Population: 1,041,928 (Projected 2012)
Mombasa County Jobs
Mombasa County Jobs opportunities for all qualified personnel and those who would wish to work with Mombasa County government. Jobs in Mombasa County are posted on the county website.
Jobs in Mombasa County are awarded in a free, fair and transparency manner in the need to fight corruption in the
To access these Mombasa county jobs advertisement click the link: Mombasa County Jobs for the latest job opportunities in the county.
Mombasa County Tenders
Mombasa county tenders are awarded in a free, fair and transparency manner in the need to fight corruption in the country.
To access tenders in Mombasa county click the link: http://www.mombasa.go.ke/tenders/ for the latest job opportunities in the county.
Mombasa County Governor and Deputy Governor
The current governor of Mombasa County is Hon. Ali Hassan Joho and the deputy governor is Hon. Hazel Katana.
Constituencies in Mombasa County
- Changamwe Constituency
- Jomvu Constituency
- Kisauni Constituency
- Nyali Constituency
- Likoni Constituency
- Mvita Constituency
Mombasa County Wards
Details about Mombasa County Wards are being updated…
Mombasa County Contacts
P.O. Box is 81599-80100