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Mathira Constituency is an electoral constituency in Kenya. It is one of six constituencies in Nyeri County. The constituency was established for the 1963 elections. Mathira is popularly known as Mathira ya Githomo (education). It has the most educated population in the country. It sits at the foot of Mount Kenya. Mathira is known for growing tea and coffee. Karatina is to the east. Several tarmac roads crisscross Mathira, including the Kenol-Marua superhighway.

Education institutions include Karatina University, Tumutumu Girls High School, Kanjuri High School, Karatina Girls, Karatina Special School for the Mentally Handicapped, and Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls High School. Health facilities include Karatina Hospital, Jamii Hospital, PCEA Tumutumu Hospital and many dispensaries.

Kagochi Tea Factory is the largest private employer. Mountain Lodge leads in tourism.

Members of Parliament

Elections MP[1] Party Notes
1963 Anderson Kangeri Wamuthenya KANU One-party system
1969 Davidson Ngibuini Kuguru KANU One-party system
1974 Davidson Ngibuini Kuguru KANU One-party system
1979 Davidson Ngibuini Kuguru KANU One-party system
1983 Eliud Matu Wamae KANU One-party system.
1988 Davidson Ngibuini Kuguru KANU One-party system.
1992 Eliud Matu Wamae Democratic Party
1997 Eliud Matu Wamae Democratic Party
2002 James Nderitu Gachagua NARC
2007 Ephraim Mwangi Maina Safina
March 2013 Peter Weru The National Alliance
August 2017 Rigathi Gachagua JP
August 2022 Eric Mwangi Kahugu UDA


Ward Registered Voters Local authority
Commercial 3,520 Karatina municipality
Hospital 2,756 Karatina municipality
Iria-ini (Mathira) 11,981 Nyeri County
Kirimukuyu 14,561 Nyeri County
Konyu 13,961 Nyeri County
Magutu 11,087 Nyeri County
Market 3,694 Karatina municipality
Ngorano 12,242 Nyeri County
Railway 3,704 Karatina municipality
Residential 3,596 Karatina municipality
Stadium 4,193 Karatina municipality
Total 85,295
*September 2005,[2][3][4]


  1. ^ Center for Multiparty Democracy: Politics and Paliamenterians in Kenya 1944-2007
  2. ^ Electoral Commission of Kenya: Registered voters per polling station by electoral area/ward and constituency[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Electoral Commission of Kenya: Civic Elections Results (2002)[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ mathira constituency Website: [1] Archived 2014-09-03 at the Wayback Machine