Wajir
Wajeer
Town
Wajir from air.JPG
Wajir is located in Kenya
Wajir
Wajir
Location within Kenya
Wajir is located in Horn of Africa
Wajir
Wajir
Location within the Horn of Africa
Wajir is located in Africa
Wajir
Wajir
Location within Africa
Coordinates: 01°45′00″N 40°03′00″E / 1.75000°N 40.05000°E / 1.75000; 40.05000
Country Kenya
CountyWajir County
Elevation
1,200 m (3,900 ft)
Population
 (2019)[1]
 • Total90,116
Area code(s)46
ClimateBWh

Wajir (Somali: Wajeer) is the capital of the Wajir County of Kenya. It is situated in the former North Eastern Province.

History

A cluster of cairns near Wajir are generally ascribed by the local inhabitants to the Maadiinle, a semi-legendary people of high stature, who are associated with the Somali. A. T. Curle (1933) reported the excavation of two of these large tumuli, finding traces of skeletal remains which crumbled at his touch, as well as earthenware shards and a copper ring.[2]

Wajir was attacked by Italian forces in World War II.

The infamous Wagalla massacre is one of the greatest transitional justice issues in Kenya today committed by government in 1984 in the Wajir. The army rounded up Somali men of the Degodia clan from their homes in the wee hours of the morning of 10th February and held them up at the local airstrip for four days without water and food.The security men opened fire at them and their bullet-ridden bodies scattered across the airstrip and in its bushy environs.

Overview

Wajir is located in an arid area prone to drought. It sits at a latitude and longitude of 01°45′00″N 40°03′00″E / 1.75000°N 40.05000°E / 1.75000; 40.05000. (Latitude:1.75000; Longitude:40.05000). The town is served by Wajir Airport, with flights to Nairobi, Galkacyo and Mogadishu.

Demographics

Wajir is mainly inhabited by Somalis, The 2019 census reported a total population of 90,116 inhabitants.[1]

Climate

Wajir has a hot arid climate (Köppen BWh).

Climate data for Wajir
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 35
(95)
36
(96)
36
(96)
34
(94)
33
(92)
32
(90)
31
(88)
32
(89)
33
(91)
33
(92)
33
(91)
33
(92)
33
(92)
Average low °C (°F) 21
(70)
22
(72)
23
(74)
24
(75)
23
(73)
21
(70)
21
(69)
21
(69)
21
(70)
22
(71)
22
(71)
23
(73)
22
(71)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 5.1
(0.2)
13
(0.5)
20
(0.8)
69
(2.7)
36
(1.4)
0
(0)
5.1
(0.2)
2.5
(0.1)
5.1
(0.2)
25
(1)
41
(1.6)
23
(0.9)
244.8
(9.6)
Source: Weatherbase [3]


Education

Wajir county has several secondary schools, which are located in Wajir South, Wajir East, Wajir West, Wajir North, Tarbaj and Eldas. Other academic institutions include Wajir High School, Wajir Girls High, Sabunley Secondaru, Griftu High, Tarbaj boys, Eldas Secondary school, Bute High, Hadado, Habaswein High, Furaha Mixed Day School, Waberi Mixed Day Secondary School, Buna Boys, Buna Girls, Korondile Boys, Bute Girls, Bute Mixed Day Secondary, Sabunley Secondary School, Lehey Secondary, Khorofharar, Kutulo and many others.

Administrative divisions

Main article: Wajir County

Wajir is the capital of the Wajir County. The county is subdivided into 6 Constituency (Wajir East Constituency, Wajir West Constituency, Wajir North Constituency, Wajir South Constituency, Tarbaj Constituency and Eldas Constituency. These constituencies are represented by Members of Parliament in the National Assembly. The county has a total of 30 wards.

The current Governor, Ahmed Ali Mukhtar, came to office following the controversial impeachment of the elected Governor, Amb. Mohamed Abdi Mohamud, in 2021 by the Senate of Kenya.

Ahmed Abdullahi was the first Governor of the County. He was elected in 2013 following the Promulgation of the new constitution in 2010.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census Volume II: Distribution of Population by Administrative Units". Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  2. ^ I.M. Lewis, "132. The So-Called 'Galla Graves' of Northern Somaliland", Man 61 (1961), p. 103. Lewis cites an earlier report by Curle, "Prehistoric graves in the Northern Frontier Province of Kenya Colony," Man, 1933, p. 102;
  3. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Wajir, Kenya". Weatherbase. 2011. Retrieved on November 24, 2011.

Coordinates: 1°45′00″N 40°03′00″E / 1.75000°N 40.0500°E / 1.75000; 40.0500