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Garissa County ( so, Degmada Gaarrisa, sw, Kaunti ya Garissa) is an administrative
County A county is a geographical region In geography, regions are areas that are broadly divided by physical characteristics (physical geography), human impact characteristics (human geography), and the interaction of humanity and the environment ...
in
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Kenya
. Its capital and largest urban area is
Garissa Garissa ( so, Gaarisa) is the capital of Garissa County, Kenya Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya ( sw, Jamhuri ya Kenya), is a country in Eastern Africa. At , Kenya is the world's 48th largest country by total area. With a population ...
. The county had a population of 841,353 at the 2019 Census, and a land area of about .2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census, Volume 2.


Demographics

Garissa county has a total population of 841,353 persons of which 458,975 are males, 382,344 females and 34 intersex person. There is a total of 141,394 household with an average size of 5.9 persons per house hold. It has a population density of 19 persons per square kilometre. Distribution of Population, Land Area and Population Density by County Source


Administrative and Political Units


Administrative Units

There are seven counties with 30 county assembly wards. There are 22 divisions sub-divided into 96 locations and 142 sub-locations. It has six constituencies: *
Garissa Township ConstituencyGarissa Township Constituency (formerly Garissa Central/Dujis Constituency) is an Constituencies of Kenya, electoral constituency in Kenya. It is one of six constituencies in Garissa County, and was established for the 1988 Kenyan general election, 1 ...
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Fafi ConstituencyFafi Constituency is an Constituencies of Kenya, electoral constituency in Kenya. It is one of six constituencies in Garissa County. The constituency was established for the 1988 elections. The constituency has six wards, all electing councillors for ...
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Dadaab Constituency Dadaab is a List of constituencies of Kenya, constituency in Kenya. It is one of six constituencies in Garissa County. References

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Lagdera ConstituencyLagdera Constituency is an Constituencies of Kenya, electoral constituency in Kenya. It is one of six constituencies in Garissa County. The constituency was established for the 1988 elections. The constituency has ten wards, all electing councillors ...
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Balambala Constituency Balambala is a List of constituencies of Kenya, constituency in Kenya. It is one of six constituencies in Garissa County. Its representative in the National Assembly is Hon Abdi Omar Shurie of Jubilee Party. References

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Ijara ConstituencyIjara Constituency is an electoral constituency in Kenya. It is one of six constituencies in Garissa County. It was the sole constituency in the former Ijara District. The constituency was established for the 1988 elections. The constituency has sev ...


Political Leadership

Ali Bunow Korane is the second governor for Garissa county and is deputised by Abdi Dagane Muhumed and assumed office in 2017. Mohamed Yusuf Hajj has been the senator since 2013 he was the first to be elected as senator
Anab Mohamed Gure
assumed office in 2017 as the second elected women representative on a
Jubilee Party The Jubilee Party of Kenya is the ruling political party of the Kenya, Republic of Kenya. The party was founded on 8 September 2016, following the merger of 11 smaller parties. During the 2017 election, the Jubilee Party secured a plurality of s ...
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County executives

* Hon. Abdi Muhumed Ali - County Secretary * Hon. Habon A. Maalim - Energy, Environment and Tourism * Hon. Ahmednadhir Omar - Health, Water and Sanitation * Hon. Roble Nuno - Finance and Economic planning * Hon. Habiba Nasib - Education, Youth, Polytechnics and Sports * Hon. Adow Kalil Jubat - Commerce and Cooperatives Development * Hon. Mohamed Abdi Shalle - Land, Housing Development and Public Works * Hon. Issa Yarrow Kahin - Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries * Hon. Zeinab Abdi Digale - Children affairs, Social Welfare and Youth * Hon. Issa Dubow Oyow - Water and Irrigation * Hon. Abdi Omar - Transport and Infrastructure


County Assembly

According to the new
Constitution A constitution is an aggregate of fundamental principles A principle is a proposition or value that is a guide for behavior or evaluation. In law, it is a rule Rule or ruling may refer to: Human activity * The exercise of political ...
that was enacted in 2010,Garissa County has an assembly whose members are elected from single member constituencies known as wards. There are also nominated members to ensure two-thirds gender rule is followed. There are six nominated members to represent marginalised groups (persons with disabilities, and the youth) and a speaker who will be an ex-official member of the assembly. A County Assembly member is elected for a term of five years. The Speaker is elected by the assembly members from among people who are not members of the Assembly. The Speaker presides over all sittings of the assembly and in his absence is deputised a deputy speaker who is elected from members within the assembly. The County assembly exercises an oversight over the County Government and makes laws that are necessary to ensure the smooth performance of the county government.


Education

The county has 347 ECD centres, 224 primary schools, 41 secondary schools, 2 teachers training colleges and 2 public universities. 39.7 percent of the population can read and write and 57.9 cannot read and write. There is and an average of 8.2 percent literacy level and 74percent are illiterate. Source


Health

There are a total of 111 health facilities distributes across the county, one level 5, 14 other hospitals, 29 health centres and 67 dispensaries. Source HIV/ADS is at the 1 percentage as compared to the national prevalent rate of 5.6 percentage.


Transport and Communication

A total of 2,700.6 km is classified as road network coverage comprising 1,637.84 km under county government and 1,062.76 km under national government. Of the total road network 420 km is covered by gravelled surface, 2,245.1 km earth surface and .5 km of bitumen surface. There are 6 postal services with 2,600 installed letter boxes, 2,496 rented letter boxes 104 vacant letter boxes.


Trade and Commerce

The main crops grown are maize, greengrams, sorghum, rice, cowpeas, bananas, mangoes, pawpaw, water melon, tomatoes, capsicum and onions. Farmers have an average size of 1.5 hectares for small scale and 20 hectares for large scale. cattle (boran), goats (galla), sheep (black headed Persian) and camel (dromedary one humped) are kept as the main livestock for producing key products of meat, milk, hides and skins.


Services and Urbanisation

Source
USAid Kenya


See also


References


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