Uasin Gishu County

Is the home to DP William Ruto

The city of Eldoret (capital and largest town in the county) is the county's administrative and commercial centre.

Uasin Gishu is located on a plateau and has a cool and temperate climate. It borders Trans-Nzoia County, Kenya.

Its name comes from the Illwuasin-kishu Maasai clan. The land was the grazing area of the clan. They surrendered the land to the colonial government in the Anglo-Maasai agreement of 1911, and were subsequently pushed towards Trans Mara.

The plateau that they once occupied was then registered in its Anglicised version, Uasin Gishu.

Local authorities


In 1903, the area was proposed as a potential Jewish homeland, as the British Uganda Programme.

In 1908, fifty eight families of Afrikaans-speaking South Africans settled in Uashin Gishu plateau. They were followed by sixty more families in 1911 and more later. The town of Eldoret was established in the midst of the farms they created.

Administrative divisions


The county has six constituencies:

  • Ainabkoi Constituency
  • Kapseret Constituency
  • Kesses Constituency
  • Moiben Constituency
  • Soi Constituency
  • Turbo Constituency


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