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Local authorities of Kenya

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Local authorities in Kenya are the bodies controlling local governance in urban areas in Kenya.

From the 2013 general elections onwards Kenya will have three classes of local authorities: City, Municipality, and Town authorities. Subject to the Urban Areas and Cities Act of 2011, there are three authorities with city status: Nairobi, the national capital, Mombasa and Kisumu. Municipalities and towns are other forms of urban authorities and are generally named after their central town.

Local authorities usually differ from divisional and constituency boundaries used by the state administration.

Under the former act of parliament local authority administration consisted of a mayor, town clerk and councillors. The number of councillors depended on population and area of each authority and they were elected by the public during the Kenya general elections held every five years or by-elections held in between. Authorities were divided into wards and each ward elects only one councillor. Wards have often common boundaries with administrative locations.

Compared to many other countries, local authorities in Kenya were weak and are shadowed by state run administration.[1] However, during the international Africities summit held in Nairobi September 2006, the Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki promised to strengthen local authorities.[2]

Under Kenya's new devolved system of government, the elected councils were dissolved and are set to be replaced by boards, in the case of city councils, and administrators, in the case of municipal and town councils, appointed by the county governments.[3][4]


  • List of local authorities in Kenya 1
  • Nairobi County 2
  • Kiambu County 3
  • Kirinyaga County 4
  • Muranga District 5
  • Nyandarua District 6
  • Nyeri County 7
  • Murang'a County 8
  • Kilifi County 9
  • Kwale County 10
  • Lamu County 11
  • Mombasa County 12
  • Taita-Taveta District 13
  • Tana River County 14
  • Embu County 15
  • Isiolo County 16
  • Kitui County 17
  • Makueni County 18
  • Machakos County 19
  • Marsabit County 20
  • Meru County 21
  • Tharaka-Nithi County 22
  • Moyale County 23
  • Garissa County 24
  • Mandera County 25
  • Wajir County 26
  • Homa Bay County 27
  • Kisii County 28
  • Nyamira County 29
  • Kisumu County 30
  • Migori County 31
  • Siaya County 32
  • Rift Valley Province 33
  • Bomet County 34
  • Elgeyo Marakwet County 35
  • Kajiado County 36
  • Laikipia County 37
  • Nakuru County 38
  • Nandi County 39
  • Narok County 40
  • Samburu County 41
  • Trans-Nzoia County 42
  • Turkana County 43
  • Uasin Gishu County 44
  • West Pokot County 45
  • Bungoma District 46
  • Busia County 47
  • Kakamega County 48
  • Vihiga County 49
  • See also 50
  • References 51
  • External links 52

List of local authorities in Kenya

These are the local authorities, dissolved in 2013, that operated under the old local authorities act.

Nairobi County

Kiambu County

Kirinyaga County

Muranga District

Nyandarua District

    • Ol Kalou town council
    • Nyandarua county council

Nyeri County

Murang'a County

Kilifi County

Kwale County

Lamu County

    • Lamu county council

Mombasa County

Taita-Taveta District

    • Taita-Taveta county council
    • Taveta town council
    • Voi municipality

Tana River County

    • Tana river county council

Embu County

Isiolo County

Kitui County

Makueni County

Machakos County

Marsabit County

Meru County

Tharaka-Nithi County

Moyale County

Garissa County

Mandera County

    • Mandera town council
    • Mandera county council

Wajir County

Homa Bay County

    • Homa Bay municipality
    • Homa Bay county council

Kisii County

Nyamira County

Kisumu County

    • Kisumu municipality
    • Kisumu county council

Migori County

Siaya County

Rift Valley Province

Bomet County

Elgeyo Marakwet County

Kajiado County

Kericho County==

Laikipia County

Nakuru County

Nandi County

Narok County

    • Narok town council
    • Narok county council

Samburu County

Trans-Nzoia County

    • Kitale municipality
    • Nzoia county council

Turkana County

    • Lodwar municipality
    • Turkana county council

Uasin Gishu County

West Pokot County

Bungoma District

Busia County

Kakamega County

Vihiga County

    • Vihiga municipality
    • Vihiga county council
    • Luanda town council

See also


  1. ^ Samuel O. Owuor, B. Charlery, M. Chretin and B. Schaffner: Urban planning and management in small and medium-size towns In: Les Cahiers d’Afrique de l’Est – Supplementary Issue, 23-48, September, 2006
  2. ^ Africities summit 2006
  3. ^ End of era for 175 local authorities,

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