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Kapsabet is a town in the Rift Valley Province, Kenya. It is the capital of Nandi County. Kapsabet hosts a municipal council and divisional headquarters of Kapsabet administrative division. Kapsabet municipality has a total population of 86,803 (2009 census [1]).

Kapsabet municipality has eight wards (Chemundu/Kaptildil, Chepterit, Kabirirsang, Kamobo, Kapsabet, Kiminda, Kipsigak/Kipsotoi and Kipture/Irimis). All of them fall under the Emgwen constituency, which has a total of seventeen wards, the remaining nine are located within Nandi County Council.[2]

Kapsabet is located 40 kilometres southwest of Eldoret on the way to Chavakali. The notable educational institutions in this town are Kapsabet Boys High School, Kapsabet Girls High School and University of Eastern Africa Baraton.

Many successful long distance runners have been born in or near Kapsabet, including Rodgers Rop, Bernard Lagat, Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Peter Rono, Wilfred Bungei, Pamela Jelimo, and Martin Lel. Also from Kapsabet are two members of the 2012 US Olympic Team: Janet Cherobon-Bawcom and Benard Lagat.

The headquarters of Kapsabet municipality is the Kapsabet town which is run by the Municipal council. The Council is headed at the Civic level by His Worship Councillor Michael Rono and at the Executive level by Mr. Shedd D. Simotwo, the Town Clerk.

The Heads of Departments at the Council are:

  • Mr. Moses Kemboi - Social Services
  • Mr. Nelson Kitur - Audit
  • Mr. Simon Mwale - Engineering and Public Works
  • Mr. Gideon Kitur- Public Health
  • Mr. Silas Ronoh - Treasurers
  • Mr. Joel Pkemoi - Town Clerks

On attachment is:

  • Emmy Chepkemboi Tuwei, from Kipchabo village in Emgwen Constituency


Coordinates: 0°12′N 35°06′E / 0.200°N 35.100°E / 0.200; 35.100

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