|Formed||March 4, 2013|
|Capital and largest town||Mandera|
|Other towns||El Wak|
|• Governor||Ali Roba|
|• Total||25,797.7 km2 (9,960.5 sq mi)|
|• Density||48/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+3 (EAT)|
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). 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.
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.
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.
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.
Like in other areas of North Eastern counties, Mandera is predominantly inhabited by ethnic Somalis.
There are 7 sub counties, 22 divisions, 97 locations and 141 sub-locations.
It has 6 constituencies and 30 county assembly wards.
Ibrahim Roba is the governor serving his last term in office after being elected twice 2013, 2017 and his deputy is Mohamed Ahmed. Mahamud Mohamed M is the Senator who replaced Billow Kerow who was the first elected senator. Amina Gedow is the second elected women representative who won against Fathia Mahbuub, the first women representative for the county.
For Mandera County, the County Executive Committee comprises:-
|The Deputy Governor||1|
|The County Secretary||1|
|The Members of County Assembly||48|
|Members of the CEC||10|
Members of the County Assembly
There is a total of 83 health facilities in the county and 150 health personnel of different cadre.
HIV prevalence is at 1.8%, below the national average of 5.3%.
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.
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.
There are 32 trading centers, 127 licensed retail traders, 212 licensed hawkers and 10 petrol stations.
|Urban Centre||2009 Population|
As of 2019, Mandera County is divided into 7 sub-counties:
|Sub-county||Population||Land area (Sq. Km)||Pop. density||Headquarters|
|Mandera Central||157,220||4,031.6||39||El Wak|
|Division||Population*||Pop. density*||Area (km2)||Headquarters|
|El Wak||26,391||26||x||El Wak|
|* 1999 census. Sources:|
|Constituencies of Marsabit County|
|Map||Constituency Names||Constituency No.||Approximate Population (2009)||Area in km2|
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