DemographicsGarissa 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 UnitsThere 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: * * * * * *
Political LeadershipAli 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
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 AssemblyAccording to the new 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.
EducationThe 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
HealthThere 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 CommunicationA 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 CommerceThe 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.
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