Mandera County
Flag of Mandera County
Coat of arms of Mandera County
Location of Mandera County in Kenya
Location of Mandera County in Kenya
Coordinates: 3°25′00″N 40°40′00″E / 3.41667°N 40.6667°E / 3.41667; 40.6667Coordinates: 3°25′00″N 40°40′00″E / 3.41667°N 40.6667°E / 3.41667; 40.6667
Country Kenya
FormedMarch 4, 2013
Capital and largest townMandera
Other townsEl Wak
Government
 • GovernorAli Roba
Area
 • Total25,797.7 km2 (9,960.5 sq mi)
Population
 (2019)[1]
 • Total1,234,554
 • Density48/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
Websitewww.mandera.go.ke

Mandera County (Somali: Degmada Mandheera, Swahili: Kaunti ya Mandera) is the northeastern-most county in Kenya. Its capital and largest town is Mandera. The county is bordered by Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to the east and Wajir County to the southwest. According to the 2019 census, the county has a population of 1,200,890 and an area of 25,939.8 square kilometres (10,015.4 sq mi).[1] The main economic activity in the county is pastoralism, while others include cross-border trade with Ethiopia, artisanal mining, beekeeping, and agriculture along the Dawa River.[2]

Geography

The county mostly consists of rocky hills, located on a plain that rises from 400m in altitude near El Wak, to 970m near the Ethiopian border. The seasonal Dawa River (also 'Daua River') forms the border between Mandera County and Ethiopia, for about 150 km from the northernmost point of the county up to the Somali border. The river's flood plains are used for cultivating crops. Most of the county has a semi-arid climate.[2]

Climate

The county has a temperature range between 24C – 42C. Rainfall is very low and unreliable with annual average of 91.7mm annually. Long rains normally occur in April and May averaging 69.1mm while short rains in October and November averaging 122mm.[3]

Demographics

The county has a total population of 867,457 of which 434,976 are males, 432,444 females and 37 intersex persons. There are 125,763 household with an average household size of 6.9 persons per household and a population density 33 people per square kilometre.[4]

Like in other areas of North Eastern counties, Mandera is predominantly inhabited by ethnic Somalis.

Religion in Mandera County[5]

  Christianity (0.6%)
  Islam (99.3%)
  Other religions (including Atheism) (0.1%)

Population

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1979 105,601—    
1989 123,787+17.2%
1999 250,372+102.3%
2009 1,025,756+309.7%
2019 867,457−15.4%
source:[6]

Administrative and political units

Administrative units

There are 7 sub counties, 22 divisions, 97 locations and 141 sub-locations.[7]

Sub-counties

Electoral constituencies

It has 6 constituencies and 30 county assembly wards.[8]

Political leadership

Ibrahim Roba is the governor serving his last term in office after being elected twice 2013, 2017 and his deputy is Mohamed Ahmed.[9][10] Mahamud Mohamed M is the Senator who replaced Billow Kerow who was the first elected senator.[11][12] Amina Gedow is the second elected women representative who won against Fathia Mahbuub, the first women representative for the county.[13][14]

For Mandera County, the County Executive Committee comprises[15]:-

County Executive Committee
Number
The Governor 1
The Deputy Governor 1
The County Secretary 1
The Members of County Assembly 48
Members of the CEC 10

Members of Parliament 2017-2022 (Mandera County)

  1. Hon Omar Mohamed - omar salla[16] of EFP Party Member o.f Parliament Mandera Constituency.[17]
  2. Hon. Hassan, Kulow Maalim[18] of EFP party Member of Parliament West Banisa Constituency.[19]
  3. Hon. Hassan, Omar Mohamed Maalim[20] of EFP Party Member of Parliament Mandera East Constituency.[21]
  4. Hon. Ibrahim, Abdi Mude[22] of EFP Party Member of Parliament Lafey Constituency.[23]
  5. Hon. Ali, Adan Haji[24] of Jubilee Party Member of Parliament Mandera South Constituency.[25]
  6. Hon. Abdullah, Bashir Sheikh[26] of Jubilee Party Member of Parliament Mandera North Constituency.[27]

Members of the County Assembly

  1. Hon Saad Sheikh Ahmed (Abajano)[²⁶] EFP PARTY Member of County Assembly Fino Ward
  2. Hon Hussein Adan Haji(HajiHuska)[⁶] EFP PARTY Member of County Assembly Takaba South Ward

Health

There is a total of 83 health facilities in the county and 150 health personnel of different cadre.[28]

HIV prevalence is at 1.8%, below the national average of 5.3%.[29][30]

Transport and communication

The county is covered by 1,884.5 km of road network. Of this 1,390km is covered by earth surface, 494.5km is murram surface.[31]

There are 13 cyber cafes, 5 post offices installed letter boxes, 1150 rented letter boxes and 1100 rented letter boxes, and 50 vacant letter boxes.[32]

Trade and commerce

There are 32 trading centers, 127 licensed retail traders, 212 licensed hawkers and 10 petrol stations.[33]

Urban Centre 2009 Population[34]
Mandera 57,692
El Wak 24,368
Rhamu 24,037
Takaba 21,474

County subdivisions

As of 2019, Mandera County is divided into 7 sub-counties:[1]

Sub-county Population Land area (Sq. Km) Pop. density Headquarters
Mandera West 98,300 4,016.9 24 Takaba
Banisa 152,598 3,942.7 39 Banisa
Kutulo 72,394 2,509.3 29 Kutulo
Lafey 83,457 3,846.3 22 Lafey
Mandera Central 157,220 4,031.6 39 El Wak
Mandera East 159,638 2,505.7 64 Mandera
Mandera North 254,864 8,087.3 31 Rhamu
Administrative divisions
Division Population* Pop. density* Area (km2) Headquarters
Arabia 6,734 5 x Mandera East
Ashabito 33,034 7 x Rhamu
Banisa 38,411 27 x Banissa
Central 43,916 437 x Mandera
Dandu 16,534 8 x Takaba
El Wak 26,391 26 x El Wak
Fino 7,910 4 x Lafey
Hareri 5,468 5 x Mandera
Khalalio 7,948 16 x Mandera
Kotulo 12,955 5 x Elwak
Lafey 7,865 9 x Lafey
Libehia 2,992 4 x Mandera
Malkamari 12,498 7 x Mandera
Rhamu Dimtu 7,371 8 x Rhamu
Rhamu 10,818 75 x Rhamu
Shimbir Fatuma 5,179 3 x Elwak
Takaba 9,668 3 x Takaba
Warankara 3,042 3 x Lafey
Wargadud 8,372 8 x Elwak
Sala 4,322 5 x Lafey
Kiliweri 7,572 9 x Banisa
Total 250,372 9 (average) x -
* 1999 census. Sources:[35]

Electoral constituencies

Constituencies of Marsabit County[36]
Map Constituency Names Constituency No. Approximate Population (2009) Area in km2
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Mandera West 39 141,633 4,778.50
Banissa 40 178,142 3,356.10
Mandera North 41 205,468 5,895.20
Mandera South 42 211,836 5,787.50
Mandera East 43 138,728 1,857.30
Lafey 44 149,959 4,316.80
Total 1,025,756 25,991

References

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