Taita Taveta County – 006
Geographical:

Taita Taveta County number 006 is located in the Coastal region of Kenya and borders Kajiado County to the North West, Makueni County, Kitui County and Tana River County to the North, Kilifi County and Kwale County to the East and Tanzania to the South and South-west.

Population:

According to the 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census, the population for Taita Taveta County was 284,657 people with a population density of 17 people per Km2 and an annual growth rate of 1.74%. Age distribution was; 0-14 years at 37.7%, 15-64 years at 56.9% and 65+ years 5.4%.

Capital: Its capital is Wundanyi Town.

Area: 

It covers an area of 17,084.1Km2 with 62% or 11,100Km2 within Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks.

Climate:

The County receives an annual mean rainfall of 650mm per annum which is experienced in two rain seasons. The long rains are between the months of March and May and the short rains between November and December. The rainfall distribution is uneven in the county, with the highlands receiving higher rainfall than the lowland areas.

The mean temperature in the county is 230C.

Road network:

The total length of all classified roads in the county is 953Km with bitumen surface covering 151.8Km, gravel surface covering 138.2Km and 663Km being surface.

Education and Literacy:

As at 2007, the County had 206 Primary schools with an enrolment of 74,616 and a teacher to pupil ratio of 1:40. There were 53 Secondary schools with an enrolment of 14,132 with a teacher to pupil ratio of 1:25.

The county has more than 20 Tertiary Institutions.

Financial services:

There are 5 Commercial Banks, 8 Micro-finance Institutions and 5 Village Banks.   

Health:

There are a total of 75 health facilities spread across the county. The county has 3 District Hospitals, 1 Sub-District Hospital, 47 Dispensaries, 9 Health Centres, 11 Medical Clinics and four others.

Notable Hospitals include Moi District Hospital in Voi, Wesu and Taveta District Hospitals.

Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, Upper Respiratory Transmitted Infections, Diarrhoea, HIV/AIDS.

Tourist attractions:

Tsavo East and Tsavo West national Parks, home to various types of wild animals, occupy a large portion of the lowlands and 62% of the total county area. The presence of these National Parks has improved the welfare of the people engaged in tourism activities.


ECONOMY

Agriculture is the predominant economic activity in the county. This is mostly practiced in the highlands with Horticultural production becoming an important economic pursuit in the Taita hills. Other crops are maize and beans.

The lowland areas, which are mainly arid and semi-arid, are only suitable for planting crops with short maturing period like sorghum, cowpeas, green grams, cashew nuts, sunflower, millet and dry land hybrid maize varieties.

Ranching and sisal growing is practiced in the low lying arid and semi-arid areas. The county has approximately 25 ranches with the main land use in ranches being cattle grazing. Taitas also rear dairy cattle and produce milk which is sold in Mombasa. The three operating sisal estates of the district are the Taita Sisal Estate, Voi Sisal Estate and Taveta Sisal Estate. Some ranches e.g. Lumo in Mwaktau also engage in wildlife tourism and conservation.

Tsavo East and Tsavo West national Parks, home to various types of wild animals, occupy a large portion of the lowlands and 62% of the total county area. The presence of these National Parks has improved the welfare of the people engaged in tourism activities.

Mining is also carried out in the drier parts of the county, where large deposits of precious stones such as ruby, tanzanite and garnet can be found. Significant iron ore deposits have recently been discovered and mining has commenced in the Kishushe area of Wundanyi. Asbestos, chalk, limestone, gemstones, construction stones and sand are also among the regions minerals portfolio.


POLITICAL LEADERSHIP

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                                       :           GRANTON GRAHAM SAMBOJA

DEPUTY GOVERNOR                       :           MAJALA DELINA MLAGUI

SENATOR                                           :           JOHNES MWASHUSHE MWARUMA

WOMEN REPRESENTATIVE           :           LYDIA HAIKA MNENE MIZIGHI

Taita Taveta County has four (4) constituencies which are divided into 20 electoral wards with Voi having 6, Taveta and Mwatate 5 each and Wundanyi the least with 4 wards.

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