|Counties of Kenya|
Kaunti za Kenya (Swahili)
|Location||Republic of Kenya|
|Populations||143,920 (Lamu) – 4,397,073 (Nairobi)|
|Areas||294.7 km2 (113.8 sq mi) (Mombasa) – 71,597.8 km2 (27,644.1 sq mi) (Turkana)|
The counties of Kenya (Swahili : Kaunti za Kenya) are geographical units envisioned by the 2010 Constitution of Kenya as the units of devolved government. The powers are provided in Articles 191 and 192, and in the fourth schedule of the Constitution of Kenya and the County Governments Act of 2012. The counties are also single-member constituencies for the election of members of parliament to the Senate of Kenya and special women members of parliament to the National Assembly of Kenya. As of 2013 general elections, there are 47 counties whose size and boundaries are based on the 47 legally recognised districts of Kenya. Following the re-organisation of Kenya's national administration, counties were integrated into a new national administration with the national government posting county commissioners to represent it at the counties.
County governments were established in 47 counties (largely based on the 1992 districts of Kenya),after the scheduled general elections in March 2013. The counties' names are set out in the First Schedule of the Constitution of Kenya.
Under the new constitution, Kenya is now divided into 47 counties for administrative purposes. They are grouped below according to the former province of which they were part, with their areas and populations as of the 2009and the 2019 census:
|1||Mombasa (County)||Coast||212.5||939,370||1,208,333||Mombasa (City)|
|20||Kirinyaga||Central||1,205.4||528,054||610,411||Kerugoya / Kutus|
|24||West Pokot||Rift Valley||8,418.2||512,690||621,241||Kapenguria|
|27||Uasin Gishu||Rift Valley||2,955.3||894,179||1,163,186||Eldoret|
|32||Nakuru||Rift Valley||7,509.5||1,603,325||2,162,202||Nakuru (City)|
|43||Homa Bay||Nyanza||3,154.7||963,794||1,131,950||Homa Bay|
|47||Nairobi (County)||Nairobi (Province)||694.9||3,138,369||4,397,073||Nairobi (City)|
County governments are responsible for county legislation (outlined in article 185 of the Constitution of Kenya), executive functions (outlined in article 183), functions outlined in the fourth schedule of the constitution of Kenya, functions transferred from the national government through article 187 of the constitution of Kenya, functions agreed upon with other counties under article 189(2) of the constitution of Kenya, and establishment and staffing of a public service (under article 235 of the Constitution of Kenya).The functions of governments assigned to counties by the fourth schedule of the Constitution of Kenya are:
Counties are mandated by the 2010 constitution of Kenya to enact legislation and laws that ensures management and controls of fire fighting.
The county governor and the deputy county governor are the chief executive and deputy chief executive of the county, respectively.The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission shall not conduct a separate election for the deputy governor but shall declare the running mate of the person who is elected county governor to have been elected as the deputy governor. Each county will be run by an executive committee, consisting of:
As a speciality in the democratic system Kenyan law requires governors to have a recognised university degree (it is not necessary for the President of the United States, for example, to hold a degree).
The counties will each have an assemblywhose members are elected from single member constituencies known as wards. There may also be a number of nominated members as is necessary to ensure that neither male nor female members constitute more than two-thirds of the assembly. There will also be six nominated members to represent marginalised groups (persons with disabilities, and the youth) and a county assembly speaker who will be an ex officio member of the assembly.
The governors listed below were elected on 8 August 2017.
|County No||Name||Governor||Deputy Governor||Party|
|1||Mombasa (County)||Ali Hassan Joho||Dr. William Kingi||ODM|
|2||Kwale||Salim Mvurya||Fatuma Mohamed Achani||JP|
|3||Kilifi||Amason Kingi||Kenneth Mwakombo Kamto||ODM|
|4||Tana River||Dhadho Gadae Godhana||Jire Siyat Mohamed||ODM|
|5||Lamu||Fahim Yassin Twaha||Abdulhakim Aboud Bwana||JP|
|6||Taita-Taveta||Granton Graham Samboja||Majala Mlagui Delina||WDM-K|
|7||Garissa||Ali Korane||Dagame Abdi||JP|
|8||Wajir||Ahmed Muktar Ali||TBD||JP|
|9||Mandera||Ali Ibrahim Roba||Mohamed Ahmed Arai||JP|
|10||Marsabit||Mohamud Mohamed Ali||Solomon Gubo Riwe||JP|
|11||Isiolo||Mohammed Abdi Kuti||Dr. Ibrahim Abdi Issa||IND|
|12||Meru||Kiraitu Murungi||Titus Ntuchiu||JP|
|13||Tharaka||Onesmus Muthomi Njuki||Francis Nyamu Kagwima||JP|
|14||Embu||Martin Wambora||David Kariuki Njeru||JP|
|15||Kitui||Charity Ngilu||Dr. Wathe Nzau||NARC|
|16||Machakos||Dr. Alfred Mutua||Eng. Francis Maliti||Maendeleo Chap Chap Party|
|17||Makueni||Prof. Kivutha Kibwana||Adelina Ndeto Mwau||WDM-K|
|18||Nyandarua||Francis Kimemia||Cecilia Wanjiru Mbuthia||JP|
|19||Nyeri||Mutahi Kahiga||Caroline Karugu||JP|
|20||Kirinyaga||Anne Waiguru||Peter Ndambiri||JP|
|21||Murang'a||Mwangi wa Iria||Augustine J Gakure Monyo||JP|
|22||Kiambu||Dr .James Nyoro||Joyce Ngugi||JP|
|23||Turkana||Josphat Nanok||Peter Lotethiro Emuria||ODM|
|24||West Pokot||Prof.John Krop Lonyangapuo||Dr. Nicholas Atudonyang||KANU|
|25||Samburu||Moses Kasaine||Julius Leseeto||JP|
|26||Trans-Nzoia||Patrick Simonyu Khaemba||Stanley Kiptoo Kenei Tarus||FORD-KENYA|
|27||Uasin Gishu||Jackson Kiplagat Mandago||Daniel Kiplagat Kiprotich||JP|
|28||Elgeyo-Marakwet||Alex Tolgos||Gabriel Lagat Kosgey||JP|
|29||Nandi||Stephen Kipyego Sang||Dr Yulita Jebotip Cheruiyot Mitei||JP|
|30||Baringo||Stanley Kiptis||Jacob Kurui Chepkwony||JP|
|31||Laikipia||Ndiritu Muriithi||John Mwaniki||IND|
|32||Nakuru||Lee Kinyanjui||Erick Korir||JP|
|33||Narok||Samuel ole Tunai||Aruasa Evalyn Chepkirui||JP|
|34||Kajiado||Joseph Ole Lenku||Martin Moshisho||JP|
|35||Kericho||Prof.Paul Kiprono Chepkwony||Susan Chepkoech Kikwai||JP|
|36||Bomet||Dr. Hillary Barchok||David Shadrack Rotich||JP|
|37||Kakamega||Wycliffe Oparanya||Philip Museve Kutima||ODM|
|38||Vihiga||Wilber Otichilo||Dr. Patrick Lumumba Saisi||ODM|
|39||Bungoma||Wycliffe Wafula Wangamati||Prof. Charles Ngome Kibanani||FORD-KENYA|
|40||Busia||Sospeter Ojaamong||Solomon Abwaku Akadake||ODM|
|41||Siaya||Cornel Rasanga||Wilson Ouma Onyango||ODM|
|42||Kisumu||Prof.Peter Anyang' Nyong'o||Mathews Owili||ODM|
|43||Homa Bay||Dr. Cyprian Awiti||Hamiliton Onyango Orata||ODM|
|44||Migori||Zacharia Obado||Nelson Mahanga Mwita||ODM|
|45||Kisii||James Ongwae||Arthur Maangi Gongera||ODM|
|46||Nyamira||Amos Kimwomi Nyaribo||TBD||ODM|
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