Uasin Gishu County

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Uasin Gishu County
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Wheat Plantation in Uasi Ngishu County near Moiben. Sergoit Hill in the background
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Coat of arms
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Location in Kenya
CountryFlag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Formed4 March 2013
Capital Eldoret
   Governor Jackson Mandago
  Total2,955.3 km2 (1,141.0 sq mi)
  Density390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+3 (EAT)

Uasin Gishu County is one of the 47 counties of Kenya, located in the former Rift Valley Province. The city of Eldoret is the county's largest population center as well as its administrative and commercial center. [1]


Uasin Gishu is located on a plateau and has a cool and temperate climate. The county borders Trans-Nzoia County to the north, Elgeyo-Marakwet and Baringo counties to the east, Kericho county to the south, Nandi county to the south, south-west and Kakamega county to the west.


The county's name comes from the Illwuasin-kishu Maasai clan. The land was the grazing area of the clan. They surrendered the land to the colonial government in the Anglo-Maasai agreement of 1911, and were subsequently pushed towards Trans Mara District. The plateau that they once occupied was then registered in its Anglicised version, Uasin Gishu. [2]


In 1903, the area was proposed as a potential Jewish homeland, as the British Uganda Programme. This proposal was rejected by the British Jewish community leaders.

In 1908, fifty eight families of Afrikaans-speaking South Africans settled in Uasin Gishu plateau. They were followed by sixty more families in 1911 and more later. [3] The town of Eldoret was established in the midst of the farms they created.


Historical population
1979 300,766    
1989 445,530+48.1%
1999 622,705+39.8%
2009 894,179+43.6%
2019 1,163,186+30.1%
source: [4]


Urban areas

TownTypePopulation (2009) [5] Rank in Kenya (Population Size)
Eldoret Municipality289,3805
Moi’s Bridge Town14,596106
Burnt Forest Town4,925172
Jua KaliTown3,427192


DivisionPopulation*Urban pop.*Headquarters
Ainabkoi Constituency 77,29018,799 Kapsoya
Kapseret Constituency 93,16255,056Kapseret
Kesses Constituency 84,8940Kesses
Moiben Constituency 92,7176,172Moiben
Soy Constituency 165,12746,338 Eldoret
Turbo Constituency 109,50846,900 Turbo
* 1999 census. [6] [7]

Uasin Gishu Sub Counties

Currently with the formation of IEBC (Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission) Uasin Gishu was divided newly into sub-county and wards. it has a total of six sub-county namely Turbo - with a Total of six wards, Kesses - With a Total of four wards, Moiben - With a Total of Five wards, Kapseret - with a total of five wards, Ainabkoi and Soy - With a Total of Seven wards.

Uasin Gishu Sub Counties
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TapsagoiMois Bridge

Each Sub County has an administrative office incharge of it from the county Government, Wards administrators are in charge of wards and Sub County administrators admin the sub Counties,



Cherangani hills as viewed from farmlands near Karuna,Moiben, Uasin Gishu Cherangany hills uasingishu.jpg
Cherangani hills as viewed from farmlands near Karuna,Moiben, Uasin Gishu
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Kesses Reservoir

Uasin Gishu along with neighboring Trans-Nzoia, are considered Kenya's breadbasket due to their large-scale maize and wheat farms which produce the bulk of the country's total harvest. [8]

The National Cereals Board has a cereal storage depot located at Moi's Bridge town located in the north of the county, which consists of eight large silos with a capacity of approximately 5 million tonnes of grain. [9] It is one of the largest in the country and plays a significant role in Kenya's food security.

The county also produces sizable quantities of milk and horticultural produce. A wide variety of crops and animals are produced in smaller quantities.


The county has 1,728 operational fish ponds covering 486,000 m2 with annual fish production of 593,000 kg worth KShs 285,900,000. The county also has many private and public dams suitable for capture fisheries with an annual production of 33,048 kg worth KShs 9,914,400. [10]


The county capital, Eldoret, is home to a vibrant textile industry as well as East Africa's only manufacturer of small arms and ammunition. There is also a substantial agribusiness sector that makes use of the produce from the county and surrounding regions. [11]


Eldoret is a major commercial center in western Kenya. Service industries like wholesale & retail trade, auto repair, entertainment centers and various IT services abound within and outside the town. Almost all Kenyan banks have a presence in the town and these act to service the region. [12]


Tourism, sports tourism in particular, is a growing sub-sector in the county - the result of long term performances by athletes from the region. [13]


Uasin Gishu has 300 kilometers of tarmac roads, 549 kilometers of murram roads and 377 kilometers of earth roads. It also has 17 kilometers of railway line with 8 railway stations in addition to an inland container depot. The Eldoret International Airport and two airstrips are also located in the county, all combining to make it the regions service hub. [14]


The county has several universities including Moi University and the University of Eldoret, which have their main campuses in the county. Several technical and vocational institutes are also located in the county, including Eldoret National Polytechnic, Rift Valley Technical Training Institute, Kipkabus Technical Training Institute, Moiben Technical Training Institute, Kosyin Technical Training Institute, Chebororwa Agricultural Training Center, Tumaini and Technical Training Institute, amongst others.[ citation needed ]

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Elgeyo people

The Keiyo are an ethnic group that is part the larger Kalenjin ethnic group of Nilotic origin. Currently they live near Eldoret, Kenya in the highlands of the former Keiyo District now part of the larger Elgeyo Marakwet County. The Elgeyo originally settled at the foot hills of elgeyo escarpment. The area between kerio river to the east and escapment to the west. Due to drought and famine at the valley, the keiyos started to climb the escarpment and started to settle on the highland east of uasin gishu plateau. When the british came, the keiyos where pushed to settle in cluster which was called reserves. The Keiyo subsist mainly on grain, milk, blood and meat provided by their cattle, sheep and goats.

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Kaptagat Place in Uasin Gishu County, Kenya

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Elgeyo-Marakwet County County in Kenya

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Sengwer people

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The Chemwal people were a Kalenjin-speaking society that inhabited regions of western and north-western Kenya as well as the regions around Mount Elgon at various times through to the late 19th century. The Nandi word Sekker was used by Pokot elders to describe one section of a community that occupied the Elgeyo escarpment and whose territory stretched across the Uasin Gishu plateau. This section of the community appears to have neighbored the Karamojong who referred to them as Siger, a name that derived from the Karimojong word esigirait. The most notable element of Sekker culture appears to have been a dangling adornment of a single cowrie shell attached to the forelock of Sekker women, at least as of the late 1700s and early 1800s.

Sirikwa culture

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The Uasin Gishu people were a community that inhabited a plateau located in western Kenya that today bears their name. They are said to have arisen from the scattering of the Kwavi by the Maasai in the 1830s. They were one of two significant sections of that community that stayed together. The other being the Laikipiak with whom they would later ally against the Maasai.

The Siger people were a community commonly spoken of in the folklore of a number of Kenyan communities that inhabited regions of northwestern Kenya at various points in history.

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