weaving baskets in Makueni county.

Location: Located In the southern part of Eastern province and borders four counties with Kitui to the east, Taita Taveta to the south, Kajiado to the west and Machakos to the north.

Area (Km 2): 8008.8 Km 2

Climate/Weather: Temperatures range from a minimum of between 12°C to a maximum of 28°C. Rainfall ranges from 150mm to 650 mm per annum typical of ASALs in Kenya.

Makueni County

  • Mbooni
  • Kilome
  • Kaiti
  • Makueni
  • Kibwezi West
  • Kibwezi East.

Population: 884,527 (Male - 49 %, Female - 51 %)

Population Density: 110.4 people per Km 2

National Percentage: 2.29 %

Annual Growth Rate: 2.8 % (2009)

Age Distribution: 0-14 years (43.7 %), 15-64 years (51.1 %), 65+ years (5.2%)

Number of Households: 186,478

Some Strengths of Makueni County include:

  • Natural resources as forests, wildlife, minerals, building sand, water (rivers,) pasture and land
  • Tourist Attractions as Kyulu Hills, History of AIC church in Nzaui District, Irrigation in Kibwezi
  • Main Economic Activities include subsistence agriculture- fruits, grains etc., beekeeping, small-scale trade, dairy farming and limited coffee growing, eco-tourism, commercial Businesses- home to Konza City

Minerals: graphite, copper, garnet, vermiculite, iron ore, gypsum, pyrite, muscovite, kaolin, magnetite, feldspar, gold, diatomite,

Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (901), Secondary (253)

Primary: Total Enrolment (293,803)

Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:39.7 (Public Schools)

Secondary: Total Enrolment (19,857) Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:19.5 (Public Schools)

Tertiary: Polytechnics and Colleges (38)

Adult Literacy Classes: Total Enrolment (231)

Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:119,879

Infant Mortality Rates: 46/1000 Live Births

Under Five Mortality Rates: 84/1000

Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, Respiratory Infections, HIV/Aids.


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