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Kitui County

Kitui County
Sunset at Tsavo East National Park mostly located in Kitui County
Sunset at Tsavo East National Park mostly located in Kitui County
Location in Kenya
Location in Kenya
Country  Kenya
Formed March 4th 2013
Capital Kitui
 • Governor Julius Malombe
 • Total 24,385.1 km2 (9,415.1 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 1,012,709 [1]
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Kitui County is a county in the former Eastern Province of Kenya. Its capital and largest town is Kitui, although Mwingi is also another major urban centre. The county has a population of 1,012,709 (2009 census) [2] and an area of 24,385.1 km².[2]


  • Government 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Climate 3
  • Services 4
    • Education 4.1
    • Statistics 4.2
  • Economy 5
  • Industries 6
  • South Eastern Kenya Region 7
    • Urbanisation 7.1
    • Wealth/Poverty Level 7.2
  • See also 8
  • References 9


The county has four local authorities: Kitui municipality, Kitui county council, Mwingi and Mwingi county council.

Kitui county is divided into eight administrative divisions: Central (Kitui), Kabati, Chuluni, Mutitu, Mwitika, Mutomo (Ikanga), Ikutha and Yatta.

The county has Eight constituencies:

Kitui Rural Constituency


Local people are mostly of the Akamba ethnicity.


The climate is semi-arid; it receives roughly 71 cm (28 inches). A significant point however is that rainfall occurs practically only during the rainy seasons (one long around May and June, and one short, around September and October).



There are some private primary and secondary schools in the area. South Eastern Kenya University is a university located in Kitui with a campus in Mwingi. Kenyatta University has a campus in Kitui.


Statistics for Kitui County
Statistics for the County (Percent)
Attending School (15-18 Yrs)
Paved Roads
Good Roads
Electricity Access

Statistics for the County

Source: USAid Kenya


The vast majority of the economy is based on sustenance farming, despite the fact that the agriculture is an extremely challenging endeavor giving the sporadic rainfall. A logical move therefore would be a transition to non-agricultural industries.

During a recent, informal survey of the businesses in the town of Ikutha in southern Kitui County, the following businesses were identified:

  • Butcheries
  • Food Staples (rice, corn meal)
  • Mini-markets (sells things like Coca-cola, potatoes chips, bread, long-shelf milk)
  • Mechanics
  • Pubs
  • Hotel and restaurant


Situated in Kitui town is a cotton ginnery where cotton farmers from around the county can deliver their harvest. It is the only major industry in the region, and was set up way back in 1935. Kitui is a semi-arid region and not many crops fare well there apart from cotton, hence the ginnery plays a major role creating income for the many cotton farmers in the region.

South Eastern Kenya Region


Urbanisation in South Eastern Kenya
Urbanisation in South Eastern Kenya (Percent)
Machakos County
Kitui County
Makueni County
 Kenya Average

Urbanisation by County in South Eastern Kenya

Source: OpenDataKenya

Wealth/Poverty Level

Wealth/Poverty Level in South Eastern Kenya
Poverty Level in South Eastern Kenya (Percent)
Machakos County
Kitui County
Makueni County
 Kenya Average

Poverty level by County

Source: OpenDataKenya Worldbank

See also


  1. ^,672,705/Kenya-Census-2,009
  2. ^
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