Siaya County News

The County of Siaya borders Busia County to the North, Kakamega County to the Northeast, Vihiga County to the East, Kisumu County to the South East, with Lake Victoria to the South and West

Siaya County is inhabited by nine communities namely: Yimbo, Alego, Uyoma, Gem, Ugenya, Sakwa, Usonga, Asembo and Uholo. The County shares the shores of Lake Victoria together with other neighbouring counties.

Siaya town the capital of the county is an economic hub with massive potential for providing for the country’s needs. Siaya has had various prominent persons call their origin including the US President Barack Obama.

Economy of Siaya County

Agriculture and fishing are the main economic activities. Local agricultural production consists of Rice, Cotton, Coffee, Sugarcane, Tobacco, Kales, indigenous greens, Bananas, Sweet Potatoes and Cassava. Cattle and poultry area also kept.

Lake Victoria supports the vibrant fishing industry. There are a number of fisheries in the County that process fish from the lake. The county enjoys relatively good weather patterns throughout the year two rainy seasons annually.
Siaya County constitutes 6 constituencies (Ugenya, Ugunja, Alego Usonga, Gem, Bondo and Rarieda).

Siaya County Location

Nestled in the beautiful shores of Lake Victoria, the Town of Siaya is conveniently situated in close proximity to several major centers in the County of Kisumu, Homabay & Migori. The town is one hours drive from an international airport (Kisumu International Airport).

Travelling to Siaya County

By Road

The Kisumu Siaya road is tarmacked. Public service vehicles are boarded from Kisumu bus park and the junction to Siaya off Kisumu Busia Highway.

By Air

Siaya is located in close proximity to two international airports, Kisumu International Airport (one hour drive) to the west and Eldoret International Airport to the east. Eldoret airports can be reached via the Eldoret Kisumu Highway, with driving time of two hours or less.

Siaya County Climate

If an outdoor lifestyle is what you crave, Siaya is the place to be. With temperate weather conditions and considerable sunshine relative to the rest of the country, Siaya’s climate suits an outdoor lifestyle.

The county has an annual rainfall of between 1,170 mm and 1,450 mm temperature range of between 15 -30 0Cunty as it is enclosed within latitudes 0 °26 ´North to 0°90´ South and longitudes 33° 58´ East and 34° 35´ West. The region experiences a modified equatorial climate with two rainfall seasons and relatively high temperatures. The topography is undulating dissected by water divides of rivers Nzoia and Yala, as altitude rises from 1140 m to 1400 m. The county also hosts Kenya’s biggest swamp, Yala swamp and one of the few ox bow lakes in the country, Lake Kanyaboli.

The County has an area of 2530.4 sq Km with a population of 842,304 and is made up of six constituencies and twenty nine wards. Thus in a general election, the populace elects the following political leaders: a president of the Republic of Kenya, a governor, senator and a woman representative of Siaya County, six members of parliament for the six constituencies in the county and twenty nine county representatives to the Siaya County government.

Notable Personalities from Siaya County

Jaramogi Odinga Oginga

Jaramogi Ajuma Oginga Odinga (October 1911– 20 January 1994) was a Luo Chieftain who became a prominent figure in Kenya’s struggle for independence. He later served as Kenya’s first Vice-President, and thereafter as opposition leader.

Achieng Oneko

Ramogi Achieng Oneko (1920–2007) was a Kenyan freedom fighter and a politician. In Kenya, he is considered as a national hero. He was born in Tieng’a village in Uyoma sub-location in Bondo District in 1920 and educated at Maseno School. Oneko was one of the six freedom fighters arrested by the British colonial government in Kapenguria in 1952.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama was born to a white American mother, Ann Dunham, and a black Kenyan father, Barack Obama Sr., who were both young college students at the University of Hawaii. When his father left for Harvard, she and Barack stayed behind, and his father ultimately returned alone to Kenya, where he worked as a government economist.

Obama Senior

Obama Senior was born in Rachuonyo District on the shores of Lake Victoria just outside Kendu Bay, Kenya Colony, at the time a colony of the British Empire. He was raised in the village of Nyang’oma Kogelo, Siaya District, Nyanza Province. His family are members of the Luo ethnic group. His father was Onyango (later Hussein) Obama (1895-1979), and his mother, Habiba Akumu Nyanjango of Karabondi, Kenya, was his second wife.

SM Otieno

Silvano Melea Otieno (also S.M Otieno or Silvanus Melea Otieno ) (1931–20 December 1986) was a leading criminal lawyer in Nairobi whose death gave rise to a significant legal controversy regarding the tension between customary and common law in Kenya. Otieno was born at Nyalgunga, Nyamila village, Siaya, in Nyanza Province of western Kenya. After his death, he became a cause célèbre in Kenya due to an action fought in an appeal court over the disposition of his body.

Raila Amolo Odinga

Raila Odinga’s early interest in politics can be said to be the product of his childhood environment. He has been at the centre of all major political events that set in motion the wheels of irreversible change towards a more open and participatory political system in Kenya.

Bethwell Ogot

Dr. Bethwell Allan Ogot is a distinguished historian, scholar, mentor, and a diligent public servant. He’s renowned for numerous contributions to the research of Kenya and East Africa’s history as well as his work in Luo oral traditions.

Bishop Henry Okullu

Bishop John Henry Okullu was an outspoken critic of the Kenyan government in his sermons and publications on issues of human rights and justice, advocating a multiparty system of governance.

Tourist Attractions in Siaya County

Yala Swamp

Category: Tourist Attractions in Siaya County

The Yala swamp sits in the basin of Kenya’s majestic Lake Victoria. Its papyrus wetlands not only support a wealth of biodiversity, but form an economic basis for thousands of Kenyans who make handicrafts from the vital resource. Yet the onslaught of agricultural development threatens to compromise the ecological integrity of Yala by draining crucial habitat for endangered animals and destroying the papyrus cash crop, bringing further ruin to the livelihood of local residents already living in abject poverty.
CREE is partnering with local conservation organizations like EcoFinder to preserve the Yala swamp through eco-tourism. Bringing tourists to the area will elevate awareness of Yala’s natural beauty and the need to conserve its resources while providing a sustainable economic model for Kenyans to develop their traditional “cottage industry” of papyrus products.

Ndanu Falls

Category: Tourist Attractions in Siaya County

Ndanu Falls in Siaya County is of breathtaking beauty. The scenic waterfalls and rocky backyard has over the years attracted local and foreign tourists who visit to meditate and enjoy the fragrance of nature.

Lake Kanyaboli National Reserve

Lake Kanyaboli National Reserve
Lake Kanyaboli National Reserve

Category: Tourist Attractions in Siaya County

Lake Kanyaboli National Reserve is located near the vast Yala Swamp, this reserve is home to papyrus specialist birds such as the Papyrus gonolek, Papyrus canary, Caruthers cisticola and the globally endangered Papyrus yellow Warbler.

For more information Visit: Lake Kanyaboli National Reserve

Lake Victoria

Category: Tourist Attractions in Siaya County

At Kenya’s Western frontier lies the great expanse of Lake Victoria. This massive (67,493 sq kms) lake, commonly known as Nyanza, is twice the size of Wales, and forms a natural boundary between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

For more information Visit: Lake Victoria

Nyang’oma Kogelo Village

Category: Tourist Attractions in Siaya County

Nyang’oma Kogelo Village is now culturally marked by the local community as the birth place of the father of the 44th President of USA, Barack Obama. It is now a showcase of culture, pride and humility, as depicted from its humble originality and relationship with the worlds greatest political leadership.

For more information Visit: Nyang’oma Kogelo Village

Accommodation and Hotels in Siaya County

Some of the top quality accommodation facilities in the county of Siaya include Bondo Pride Hotel, Siaya Centre Hotel, The Namsagali Gardens and Conference Centre, Camunya Hotel, Gevaam Hotel, Inter County Guest House, Kogelo Resort, Ndanu Falls Lodge, Rozala Hotel, Savanah Hotel, and Switel Hotel among others.

Facts About Siaya County

Siaya County borders Busia County to the North, Kakamega County to the Northeast, Vihiga County to the East, Kisumu to the South East, with lake Victoria to the South and West

Area (Km 2): 2,530.5 Km 2

Climate/Weather: Has an annual rainfall of between 1,170 mm and 1,450 mm with a mean annual temperature of 21.75 0C and a range of 15 0C and 30 0C.

Road Network: Not Available Bitumen

Key National Monument(s): Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Museum.

Siaya County Population

Population: 842,304 (Male – 47 %, Female – 53 %)

Population Density: 332 people per Km 2

National Percentage: 2.2 %

Annual Growth Rate: Not available

Age Distribution: 0-14 years (46.1 %), 15-64 years (50.9 %), 65+ years (3.0 %)

Number of Households: 199,034

Siaya County Government

County Capital: Siaya Town (proposed)

Number of Constituencies (2010): 5 (Alego-Usonga, Bondo, Gem, Rarieda and Ugenya)

Registered Voters: 285,696

National percentage: 2.3 %

Number of Districts (2009): 3 (Bondo, Siaya and Gem)

Number of Local Authorities (2010): 7 (Town Councils of Bondo, Ukwala, Ugunja, Yala, county councils of Siaya and Bondo and Municipal Council of Siaya )

Economy of Siaya County

Poverty Level: 57.9 % (Rural) and 37.9 (Urban) for Siaya District (2002)

Age Dependency Ratio: 100:96.3

Resources: Agricultural land, Fisheries, Indigenous Forests, Rivers, Timber

Tourist Attractions: Yala Swamp and Wetlands, Ndanu Falls, Lake Kanyaboli and Lake Victoria.

Financial Services: 6 Commercial Banks, 9 Micro-Finance Institutions, 2 Village Banks

Main Economic Activities/industries: Subsistence farming, livestock keeping, fishing, rice farming and small scale trading

Education in Siaya County

Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (656), Secondary (148)

Primary: Enrolment (259,545)

Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:53(Public Schools)

Secondary: Enrolment (22,042)

Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:31 (Public Schools)

Tertiary: More than 4 Institutions

Adult Literacy Classes: Not available

Health in Siaya County

Health Facilities: District Hospitals (2), Sub-District Hospitals (3), Dispensaries (83), Health Centres (26), Other (10)

Doctor to Population Ratio: Not Available

Infant Mortality Rates: 113/1000 (Siaya District)

Under Five Mortality Rates: 102/1000 (Siaya District)

Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Diarrhoeal diseases, Respiratory disorders

Notable Hospitals: Siaya District Hospital, Bondo District Hospital.

Notable Hospitals: Siaya District Hospital, Bondo District Hospital.

Siaya County Jobs

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

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

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

Siaya County Tenders

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

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

Siaya County Governor and Deputy Governor

The current governor of Siaya County is Hon. Cornel Rasanga Amoth and the deputy governor is Hon. Wilson Ouma Onyango.

Constituencies in Siaya County

  1. Ugenya Constituency
  2. Ugunja Constituency
  3. Alego Usonga Constituency
  4. Gem Constituency
  5. Bondo Constituency
  6. Rarieda Constituency

Siaya County Wards

Details about Siaya County Wards will be updated soon…

Siaya County Website


Siaya County Contacts

County Headquarters

Address P.O BOX 803 40600
Tel: +254727898309
Fax: ………………………..

Siaya County – Alego Sub County Office

Sub County Administrator
Tel: +254714019225

Siaya County – Bondo Sub County Office

Sub County Administrator

Siaya County – Gem Sub County Office

Sub County Administrator

Siaya County – Rarieda Sub County Office

Sub County Administrator
Tel:+25472 2440607

Siaya County – Ugenya Sub County Office

Sub County Administrator

Siaya County – Ugunja Sub County Office

Sub County Administrator

Siaya County Map

Siaya County Map
Siaya County Map

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