Machakos County News
Machakos County, nicknamed ‘Macha,’ was the first capital city of Kenya and now, it is an administrative county located in the Eastern region of Kenya and constitutes 8 constituencies including Machakos Town, Mavoko, Masinga, Yatta, Kangundo, Kathiani, Matungulu, and Mwala. Machakos Town is the administrative capital of the county. Machakos County borders Nairobi county and Kiambu county to the West, Embu county to the North, Kitui county to the East, Makueni county to the South, Kajiado county to the South West, and Murang’a county and Kirinyaga county to the North West. Machakos County stretches from latitudes 0º 45’ South to 1º 31’ South and longitudes 36° 45’ East to 37° 45’ East. The county has an altitude of 1000 – 1600 meters above sea level.
Machakos County Population
Machakos County has a total population of 1,098,584 people, 264,500 Households and covers an area of 6,208 SQ. KM. The Population density is 177 persons per SQ. KM. The Akamba people are the dominant habitants of Machakos County. The local climate is semi arid with a hilly terrain covering most parts of the county. The beautiful hilly scenery is perfect for tourist related activities such as camping, hiking safaris, ecotourism and cultural tourism, dance and music festivals among many more. A number of establishments ensure the region has a well rounded hospitality industry. Subsistence agriculture is practiced with Maize and drought-resistant crops such as sorghum and millet being grown. 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 has been selected as the home to the upcoming Konza Technology City due to its proximity to Nairobi, good infrastructure and availability of massive chunks of land. Machakos County, Nairobi’s Eastern neighbour, is home to important industrial and residential centers like Athi River and Mlolongo. Sadly, the developments do not extend to most parts of the huge county, but that is about to change when a planned technology city development is finalized. Down the road from the junction town of Makutano ya Chumvi will be what is billed as the continent’s first techie city. Built to the book, it will become the world’s third IT magnet after Silicon Valley in California, USA, and Bangalore in Eastern India. This project will attract talent from all over the world through a range of incentives, and it is planned to have state-of-the-art shopping facilities as well as a university.
Some of the strengths of Machakos county are:
- Closeness to Nairobi County which is the capital city of the country
- Availability of massive Arable Land
- Strong Gender Supporting NGOs
- Well endowed with natural capital including livestock, minerals, wild game, tourists attraction sites, rangeland and space
- A resilient local community with developed mechanism of survival
Besides Konza Techno City, the county government also has an ambitious master-plan that will see the face of the county lifted by the envisioned planned Machakos City that will be adjacent to Machakos Town. Plans for the ground breaking ceremony are underway after investors expressed a lot of interest and Memorandums’ of Understanding signed. What all these will do in the end is create a modern economic centre with a cosmopolitan outlook whose impact on the country, Africa and the world is massive. Machakos will obviously become the biggest beneficiary as the home county. Already, the benefits are being felt around the site in Konza, where land prices have reached a record high.
Machakos County Government
The county government under the able leadership of the visionary, youthful and energetic Governor, Dr. Alfred Mutua has set pace in county governance and was the first to constitute his cabinet. It was also the first county to hold one of its kind investor’s conference that saw investors from different parts of the world participate in the multi sectoral event and identify areas of investment. By day two of the conference, Ksh.56.3 billion was already pledged. With all these happening within a very short period of the county government’s existence, it has truly won the hearts and minds of many and its now regarded as the trend setter in county governance.
Machakos County Jobs
Machakos County Jobs opportunities for all qualified personnel and those who would wish to work with Machakos County government. Jobs in Machakos County are posted on the county website. Jobs in Machakos County are awarded in a free, fair and transparency manner in the need to fight corruption in the country. To access these Machakos county jobs advertisement click the link: Machakos County Jobs for the latest job opportunities in the county.
Machakos County Tenders
Machakos county tenders are awarded in a free, fair and transparency manner in the need to fight corruption in the country. To access tenders in Machakos county click the link: http://www.machakosgovernment.com/ for the latest job opportunities in the county.
Machakos County Governor and Deputy Governor
The current governor of Machakos County is Dr. Alfred Mutua and the deputy governor is Hon. Bernard Kiala.
Constituencies in Machakos County
- Masinga Constituency
- Yatta Constituency
- Kagundo Constituency
- Matungulu Constituency
- Kathiani Constituency
- Mavoko Constituency
- Machakos Town Constituency
- Mwala Constituency
Tourism and Tourists Attractions in Machakos County
Machakos County, nicknamed ‘Macha,’ was the first capital city of Kenya and now, it is an administrative county located in the former Eastern Province of Kenya and constitutes 8 constituencies including Machakos Town, Mavoko, Masinga, Yatta, Kangundo, Kathiani, Matungulu, and Mwala. Machakos Town is the administrative capital of the county.
According to the 2009 census, the population of Machakos County was 1,098,584. The county covers an area of 6,281 .4km2 most of which is semi-arid.
Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park
Category: Tourist Attractions in Machakos County
“The Mountain of the Buffalo”
A rugged hump-backed outcrop of ancient rock jutting high above the Athi plains and hazily visible from Nairobi, Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is densely forested mountain known to the local Kikuyu as” the mountain of the buffalo” and to the Maasai as ‘The big mountain”.
For more information visit : Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park
Tourism and Tourists Attractions in Machakos County
Machakos County Wards
Details about Machakos County Wards will be updated soon…
Machakos County Contacts
Contact The Governor
Email: [email protected]
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Office of the Governor
Government of Machakos
P.O Box 262-90110
Machakos County, Kenya
Contact Machakos Investments Secretariat
Email Contact: [email protected]
Telephone Contact: 045 66 22 121
Machakos County Website