The county has a population of 1,098,584
The county has a population of 1,098,584. The county borders Nairobi and Kiambu counties to the West, Embu to the North, Kitui to the East, Makueni to the South, Kajiado to the South West, and Muranga and Kirinyaga to the North West.
About office of the Governor
The office of the governor of Machakos was created on 27th March 2013. Alfred Mutua the incumbent is the inaugural holder.
There are very many Primary Schools in Machakos County such as Machakos Primary School, Machakos Academy, etc.
Machakos County has giant secondary schools such as Machakos School (Boys), Machakos Girls' School, Mumbuni Boys' Secondary school, Mumbuni Girls' Secondary School, Masii Boys' Secondary School, Tala Girls' School, Matungulu Girls' High School and Kabaa High School (Boys), which boasts of a castle which was left behind by christian Missionaries. This castle is now a museum.
Kwa Nthanze Secondary School, which is also found in Machakos County, is famous for its football championship in the country.
Universities and colleges within Machakos County include Machakos University, Scott Theological University, South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU), St. Paul's University, African Training Center for Research and Technology, Century Park College, Machakos Institute of Technology, Machakos Technical Training Institute for the blind.
The local climate is semi arid with hilly terrain with an altitude of 1000 to 2100 metres above sea level.. Tourist related activities such as camping, hiking safaris, ecotourism and cultural tourism, dance and music festivals among many more are more excitingly done due to the hilly terrain. The hospitality industry in the region is decent.
Subsistence agriculture is mostly practiced with maize and drought-resistant crops such as sorghum and millet being grown due to the areas semi-arid state. However, the County also plays host to the open air market concept with major market days where large amounts of produce are traded. Fruits, vegetables and other food stuffs like maize and beans are sold in these markets.
The county is banking on projects such as the Konza Technology City, a new Machakos City and its proximity to Nairobi County to boost output in the economy.
Source: USAid Kenya
The county has eight constituencies:
Machakos County is within Greater Nairobi which consists of 4 out of 47 counties in Kenya but the area generates about 60% of the nations wealth. The counties are:
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