Tharaka-Nithi County Overview
Tharaka-Nithi County is located in the Eastern region of Kenya and constitutes 2 constituencies namely: Nithi and Tharaka. Tharaka is the only district in this County.
Tharaka-Nithi County is one of the 47 counties of Kenya located in Kenya’s former Eastern Province. The county has an area of 2409 km² and had a population of 365,330 as of the 2009 census.
Tharaka-Nithi County is the home to the Chuka, Muthambi, Mwimbi and Tharaka sections of the Ameru (Meru) community. The people of Tharaka-Nithi County are now predominantly Christian with the Catholics, the Presbyterian, and the Methodists being the predominant religious communities.
In 1992 Meru District, sometimes called “Greater Meru” was broken up into four pieces, Meru Central, Meru North, Meru South and Tharaka; with Meru South (also known as Nithi District) combined with Tharaka into a new Tharaka-Nithi District. In 1998, the Tharaka Nithi District was split into two districts, Nithi and Tharaka, but the Kenya Supreme Court decision of 2009 declared that split unconstitutional. Subsequently, under the revised constitution of 2010, Tharaka-Nithi became a county.
The county headquarters is at Kathwana, a site that is at the intersection of the three constituencies (Maara, Tharaka and Chuka/Igamba-ngo’mbe. The headquarters is on the Mate Road, a recently tarmacked road that runs through Ena, Ishiara, Ciakariga, Tunyai, to Meru and Nkubu. The location of the County headquarters was by consensus by all the communities of the County. If well planned it can turn out to be a very beautiful city. Before the decision to locate the headquarters at kathwana was settled, there was a disagreement between leaders from the region.
Tharaka Nithi County presently has 3 constituencies in the 11th Parliament of the Republic of Kenya.They are Maara, Chuka/Igambang’ombe and Tharaka.
Tharaka-Nithi County Administration
Tharaka-Nithi County Constituencies
Tharaka-Nithi County Assembly
Tharaka Nithi County Assembly targets at setting legislation in all sectors that that are geared towards transforming Tharaka Nithi county into an economic power house in the region.
The constitution provides that; There shall be a county government for each county, which shall consist of a COUNTY ASSEMBLY and a COUNTY EXECUTIVE.
The County Assembly constitutes the legislative organ of government in the County Government.
Roles of The Tharaka Nithi County Assembly
The County Assembly is established by the Constitution under Article 176 with a mandate to have legislative power of the County. The role of the County Assembly is to:-
Vet and approve nominees for appointment to County Public Offices as may be provided for in The County Government Act or any other law;
County legislation in accordance with Art. 185 of the Constitution;
Approve the budget and expenditure of the County Government in accordance with Article 207 of the Constitution, and the legislation contemplated in Article 220(2) of the Constitution, guided by Articles 201 and 203 of the Constitution;
Approve the borrowing by the County Government in accordance with Article 212 of the Constitution;
Approve the County Development Planning;
Perform any other role as may be set out under the Constitution or legislation.
Tharaka Nithi County Assembly Administration
COUNTY SPEAKER JOHN MBAABU
COUNTY DEPUTY SPEAKER PAUL G K MWABU
COUNTY ASSEMBLY CLERK
Tharaka-Nithi County Tenders
Interested and eligible bidders MUST attach copies of;
- Valid Single Business Permit, PIN Certificate, Business Registration Certificate and Valid Tax Compliance.
- Valid Registration Certificate from National Construction Authority for Category
- Valid Inspection Certificate from Regional Mechanical Engineer for Category
- Complete and attach any other documents as stated in the Tender document.
- Bidders must Serialize each page of the bid document
Note: Special cases refer to Women, Youth and the physically challenged attached a copy of certificate from the Ministry of Gender and Social Service, YAGPO Registration/prequalification documents can be obtained from the Tharaka-Nithi County website https://www.tharaka-nithi.go.ke/tenders
Tharaka-Nithi County Contacts
Tharaka Nithi County
P. O. Box 123, 00100
Tharaka Nithi, Kenya
P.O.Box 10-60406, Kathwana.
Phone: +254 713 588 460 | +254 789 359 765
Email: tharakanithicounty2013(at) gmail(dot)com
Economy, Business and Investment Opportunities in Tharaka Nithi County
Tharaka-Nithi County has a fairly central location within Kenya an advantage that has made it a a transit-point for goods and services. It has arable land under coffee, tea and other horticultural products. The majority of people in the County are farmers who rely on rain-fed agriculture and livestock farming.
The discovery of iron ore and coal deposits has created new economic potential for developing extration industries of these minerals and and related industries.