Mandera County Overview
Mandera County is located in the North Eastern region of Kenya. It borders Ethiopia to the North, Somalia Republic to the East, and Wajir County to the South and South West. The county covers an area of 25,797.70 km2 and has a population of 1,025, 756. Its headquarters are located in Mandera Town. It is about 1,100 km from the capital city of Nairobi by road.
Climate/Weather: Rainfall is scanty and unpredictable averaging 255 mm. It is very hot with temperatures at a mean annual average of 28.3 0C but can reach a high of 37 0C.
Road Network: Bitumen Surface (Not Available), Gravel Surface (470 Km), Earth Surface (2,083 km)
Key National Monument(s): None
Economy, Business and Investment Opportunities in Mandera County
The climate in Mandera County makes the county a perfect place for solar energy harvesting. Long periods of sunshine with minimal cloud cover set the stage for possible future development in the solar power production sector.
Nomadic pastoralism is the major economic activity in this county with camels, goats, sheep and cattle being the main type of livestock reared here. The regions vast pasture lands have allowed this activity to be viable though much more could be done to ensure the county plays its role in the country’s beef and milk production markets.
The main water sources in the region are the River Daua, a number of shallow water wells and a few major earth pans. The region has small scale agricultural production with small scale horticultural producers supplying mangoes, pawpaws, onions, kales and bananas to the local markets. Other crops that can be found are cow-peas and maize.
Economic Activities in Mandera County
Nomadic pastoralism is the major economic activity in the in the county with camels,goats,sheep and cattle being the main type of livestock reared. The region vast pasture land has allowed this activity to be viable.
The main water sources in the region are river Daua a number of shallow wells and few major earth pans. The region has small scale agriculture production with small scale horticulture producers supplying Mangoes, pawpaw, onions, kales and Banana to the local market.
Transport in Mandera County
The County is accessible by road and air. It has an airstrip with airplanes going to Mandera town from the Wilson Airport four days a week; Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday. It’s a two hour flight with small business air craft carrying 30 to 50 passengers.
Mandera County Population
Population: 1,025,756 (Male – 54.6 %, Female – 45.4 %)
Population Density: 39 people per Km 2
National Percentage: 2.7 %
Annual Growth Rate: 3.96 %
Age Distribution: 0-14 years (53.7 %), 15-64 years (44.4 %), 65+ years (1.9 %)
Number of Households: 125,497
County Government of Mandera
County Capital: Mandera Town
Number of Constituencies (2010): 3 (Mandera East, Mandera Central and Mandera West)
Registered Voters: 76,213
National percentage: 0.6 %
Number of Districts (2009): 4 (Mandera North, East, West and Central)
Number of Local Authorities (2010): 2 (Town Council of Mandera, County Council of Mandera)
Economy of Mandera County
Poverty Level: 68 % (Absolute poverty – Rural & Urban)
Age Dependency Ratio: 100:110
Resources: Quarry Mining
Tourist Attractions: Malka Mari Fort, National Park, and Game Reserve
Financial Services: 2 Commercial Banks
Main Economic Activities/industries: Livestock trade and pastoralism, trade in handcraft products
Education in Mandera County
Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (117), Secondary (19)
Primary: Enrollment (40,148)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:68 (Public Schools)
Secondary: Enrollment (2,747)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:24 (Public Schools)
Tertiary: Mandera Youth Polytechnic
Adult Literacy Classes: 135 Enrollment (3,465)
Health in Mandera County
Health Facilities: District Hospitals (3), Sub-District Hospitals (2), Dispensaries (24), Health Centres (12), Medical Clinics (20), Nursing Homes (4)
Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:308,878
Infant Mortality Rates: 72/1000
Under Five Mortality Rates: 128/1000
Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, Urinary Tract Infections Pneumonia and HIV/AIDS
Tourism and Tourists Attractions in Mandera County
Mandera County is located at the northern most corner of Kenya bordering Ethiopia and Somalia. The climate is hot and dry and the area largely undeveloped. It hosts a park, Malka Mari National Park that is not developed to host tourists.
Malka Mari National Park
Category: Tourist Attractions in Mandera County
Malka Mari was gazetted in 1989 and is a IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).Malka Mari National Park is situated along the banks of Daua River on the Kenya – Ethiopia border. It is approximately 1,500 km2 in size and is located on the Mandera Plateau in the extreme north of Kenya.
It has a high concentration of wildlife and plants with some plants being endemic to the area.
The park is mostly semi-arid bush land and scrubby grassland with riparian woodland along the river.
Malka Mari park It experiences a hot and dry climate and is yet to be developed to host tourists.
Malka Mari fort
Scenery of hills and valleys
How to get there
For more information visit: Malka Mari National Park
Constituencies in Mandera County
Mandera County Wards
The County Administratively is subdivided into six Sub Counties namely Mandera West, Mandera South, Banissa, Mandera North, Mandera East and Lafey and further to 30 administrative wards. These wards include:
Banissa Sub County
Mandera West Sub County
Mandera East Sub County
Lafey Sub County
Mandera North Sub County
Mandera South Sub County
Mandera County Jobs
Mandera County Jobs opportunities are for all qualified personnel and those who would wish to work with Mandera County government. Jobs in Mandera County are posted on the county website.
Jobs in Mandera County are awarded in a free, fair and transparency manner in the need to fight corruption in the country and the county.
To access these Mandera County jobs advertisement click the link: Mandera County Jobs for the latest job opportunities in the county.
Mandera County Tenders
Mandera County tenders are awarded in a free, fair and transparency manner in the need to fight corruption in the country and the county.
To access tenders in Mandera County click the link: www.mandera.go.ke for the latest tender opportunities in the county.
Mandera County Governor and Deputy Governor
The current governor of Mandera County is H.E Governor, Capt. Ali Ibrahim Roba and the deputy governor is H.E. Omar Mohamed Maalim.
Mandera County Map
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Mandera County Contacts
Mandera County Government
P.O. Box 13-70300
Tel: +254 046 210 4000