Kisii County number 045 is located to the south east of Lake Victoria and is bordered by six counties with Narok County to the south, Migori County to the west, Homa Bay County to the north west, Kisumu County to the north, Bomet County to the south east and Nyamira County to the east.
Based on the 2009 Population and Housing Census, the county population is 1,152,282 comprising 550,464 males and 601,818 females respectively and is projected at 1,362,779 with 650,982 males and 711,797 females by 2017. The population density is 874.7 people per Km2 with an annual growth rate of 2.75%. Age Distribution is 45%, 15-64 years 51.6 % and 65+ years 3.4%.
Kisii Town, the headquarters and largest town in the county, is the commercial hub in the region serving the bordering counties of Nyamira, Narok, Homabay and Migori and a population of over four million.
Area: It covers an area of 1,317.4Km2.
It has two rainfall seasons; Short between September and November and Long February and June with over 1,500mm per annum. Temperatures range from 160C to 270C.
Bitumen Surface is 73Km, Gravel & Earth Surface 409Km.
Education and Literacy:
As at 2007, the County had 1,101 Primary schools with an enrolment of 273,111 pupils and a teacher to pupil ratio of 1: 41 and 363 Secondary schools with an enrolment of 60,098 pupils and a teacher to pupil ratio of 1: 27.7.
Tertiary institutions in the county are over 70 led by Kisii University and Satellite campuses of 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) among others.
There are over 17 Commercial Banks that have set up shop in Kisii including, 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. 6 micro-finance Institutions and numerous insurance companies provide the people with financial services.
Kisii County has 136 health facilities with 4 District Hospitals, 9 Sub-District Hospital, 80 Dispensaries, 23 Health Centres, 12 Medical Clinics and 2 Nursing Homes and 6 unclassified institutions.
The most prevalent diseases in the county are Malaria, diarrhoea, pneumonia, URTI infections and HIV/Aids.
Notable Hospitals: Gucha and Kisii Level 5 Hospitals and Tabaka Mission Hospital.
The major economy is subsistence farming and the county is known for its bananas. Others include tea, coffee, tomatoes, vegetables, dairy products, maize, sugarcane.
Main economic activities: Subsistence agriculture, vegetable farming, small-scale trade, dairy farming, tea and coffee growing, commercial businesses and soapstone carvings.
Other economic activities include trading.
The county has a thriving soapstone carving industry.
With the adoption of the new constitution in 2010 which ushered in the devolved system of governance, the Governor is the Executive authority in the County together with his deputy, the Senator is to represent the County at the Senate and through affirmation of women and youth rights, the Woman Representative is to represent the County’s women and youth issues at the National Assembly.
GOVERNOR : JAMES OMARIBA ONGWAE
DEPUTY GOVERNOR : JOASH ARTHUR MAANGI
SENATOR : SAMSON KEGENGO ONGERI
WOMEN REPRESENTATIVE : JANET ONGERA
Kisii County has nine (9) constituencies divided into 45 electoral wards. Bobasi has the highest number of wards with 8, followed by South Mugirango and Nyaribabi Chache with 6, Nyaribari Masaba and Kitutu Chache South with 5 each, Bonchari, Bomachoge and Kitutu Chache North 4 each while Bomachoge Chache has the least with 3 wards.