Wajir County News
Wajir County is located in North Eastern Kenya. It borders Mandera County to the North and North East, The Republic of Somalia to the East, Garissa County to the South and South West, Isiolo County and Marsabit County to the West, and the Republic of Ethiopia to the North West. The county covers an area of 56,685.8 sq Km. The administrative headquarters of the county is Wajir Town.
Wajir County Overview
The County is a land of plenty! In the last Northern Kenya livestock Census of 2009, it was approximated that the county had over 15.3 million animals with a market value of 55 Billion Kenya Shillings;
The entire County enjoys abundant sunshine throughout the year, with vast tracts of land devoid of vegetation for solar power generation;
Select areas like the at lands of Herbaswean and the bare terrain bordering the Chalbi desert on the Marsabit side are Giraffe-reputed to have the greatest winds speeds in the world and great wind speeds ideal for renewable energy generation;
There is an abundance of underground aquifers and shallow wells with yet to be quantified water reserves;
The Eastern part of Wajir is covered with naturally growing thickets and forests that yield the largest quantities of gums and resins produced in Kenya more than half of the world’s supply;
The entire County sits on huge deposits of untapped limestone with commercial viability for manufacturing cement;
Wajir borders, and is central to, Marsabit, Mandera, Garrissa and Isiolo areas that will be covered by LAPPSET corridor project. Wajir County will be accessible through the areas of Nunu and Mothogash, which will be covered by this major International trunk road and therefore open up the county for business and leisure travel;
Weather of Wajir County
Maximum temperatures in the county range between 31oC in July and 36oC in March while minimum temperatures range between 21°C in July and 24°C in April. Rainfall amounts range between 250 mm and 700 mm per annum in different parts of the county.
Economy of Wajir County
The main economic activity in Wajir County is pastrolism with some agro-pastrolism being practiced in the Northern part of the county. The large tracts of land in the county provide the grazing pastures for the large camel and cattle herds present in the county.
Rain-fed agriculture is practiced on a small scale basis in the higher altitude regions. Groundwater harvesting from numerous wells, earth pans, dams and boreholes is also undertaken due to the high water table.
The county has mineral resources such as limestone and sand. It also has solar and wind energy potential.
Wajir County Jobs opportunities for all qualified personnel and those who would wish to work with Wajir County government. Jobs in Wajir County are posted on the county website.
Jobs in Wajir County are awarded in a free, fair and transparency manner in the need to fight corruption in the country.
To access these Wajir county jobs advertisement click the link: Wajir County Jobs for the latest job opportunities in the county.
Wajir County Tenders
Wajir county tenders are awarded in a free, fair and transparency manner in the need to fight corruption in the country.
To access tenders in Wajir county click the link: http://www.wajir.go.ke/ for the latest job opportunities in the county.
Tourist Attractions in Wajir County
The various tourist attraction sites in the county include Wajir Museum, Wagalla Massacre Site, Orpahey Wells, British & Italian War Bunkers, Old Court House and Yahut Dame among others.
Category: Tourist Attractions in Wajir County
The Wajir Museum houses an exhibition that reflects traditions and the customs of communities living in this Northern part of Kenya.The theme of the exhibition is “A Window to Northern Kenya”. It is a part of initiatives to open up Northern Kenya to the tourism industry forming a part of the tourist attractions that will offer distinctive products in the region.
For more information visit: Wajir Museum
Wajir County Governor and Deputy Governor
The current governor of Wajir County is Hon. Isaac Ruto and the deputy governor is Hon. Stephen Mutai.
Constituencies in Wajir County
- Wajir North Constituency
- Wajir East Constituency
- Tarbai Constituency
- Wajil West Constituency
- Eldas Constituency
- Wajir South Constituency
Wajir County Wards
Wajir East Constituency
Wajir West Constituency
Wajir South Constituency
- Benane Ward
- Burder Ward
- Dadajabula Ward
- Habaswein Ward
- Lagbogol south Ward
- Ibrahim Ure Ward
- Diff Ward
Wajir North Constituency
Wajir County Sub-Counties
The county comprises of six sub-counties namely:
- Wajir East Sub-County
- Wajir West Sub-County
- Wajir North Sub-County
- Wajir South Sub-County
- Eldas Sub-County
- Tarbaj Sub-County
Geography of Wajir County
Wajir County is located in North Eastern Kenya, it borders the following counties; Mandera to the North and North East, The Republic of Somalia to the East, Garissa to the South and South West, Isiolo and Marsabit to the West, and the Republic of Ethiopia to the North West.
Area of Wajir County: (Km 2): 56,685.8 Km 2
Climate/Weather in Wajir County: Wajir has a mean annual temperature of 28 °C with rainfall amounts ranging between 250 mm and 700 mm per annum in different parts of the county.
Road Network in Wajir County: Bitumen Surface (Not Available), Gravel Surface (63 Km), Earth Surface (1,818.2 Km)
Key National Monument(s) Wajir County: Wajir Museum, Wagalla Massacre Site
Wajir County Population
Population: 661,941 (Male – 55 %, Female –45 %)
Population Density: 12 people per Km 2
National Percentage: 1.71 %
Annual Growth Rate: 3.7 %
Age Distribution: 0-14 years (51.8 %), 15-64 years (45.9 %), 65+ years (2.2 %)
Number of Households: 88,574
Wajir County Government
County Capital: Wajir Town
Number of Constituencies (2010): 4 (Wajir North, Wajir West, Wajir East and Wajir South)
Registered Voters: 79,695
National percentage: 0.6 %
Number of Districts (2009): 4 (Wajir North, Wajir West, Wajir East and Wajir South)
Number of Local Authorities (2010): 1 (Wajir County Council)
Economy of Wajir County
Poverty Level: 84.0 %
Age Dependency Ratio: 100:118
Resources: Wildlife, Livestock, Water, Pasture, Minerals (Limestone, Sand & Stones), Wind & Solar Energy
Tourist Attractions: Wajir Museum, Wagalla Massacre Site, Orpahey Wells, British & Italian War Bunkers, Old Court House, Yahut Dam, Old Court House
Financial Services: 2 Commercial Banks, 2 Micro-Finance Institutions
Main Economic Activities/industries: Livestock Keeping and Trading, Commercial Businesses
Agricultural products: Livestock Products
Education in Wajir County
Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (125), Secondary (17)
Primary: Enrollment (28,481)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:58 (Public Schools)
Secondary: Enrollment (2,908)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:21 (Public Schools)
Tertiary: Information Not Available
Adult Literacy Classes: Enrollment (Data Not Available)
Health in Wajir County
Health Facilities: 88 – District Hospitals (4), Sub-District Hospitals (2), Dispensaries (42), Health Centres (17), Medical Clinics (21), Nursing Homes (2)
Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:356,340
Infant Mortality Rates: 98/1000
Under Five Mortality Rates: 90/1000
Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, Urinary Tract Infections, Diarrhoea, and Malnutrition
Notable Hospitals: Bute, Griftu, Habaswein, and Wajir Districts Hospitals.
Wajir County Map
Wajir County Contacts
Wajir County Government
Airport Road, Governor’s Office
P.O Box 9, Wajir, 70200, Kenya
+254 (0) 20-555-5555
Wajir County Website