Welcome to Kitui county

Welcome to Kitui county 4

Economic Activities

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Economic Activities include livestock keeping, tobacco growing, cotton plantations, export in fruits like mangoes which grow in plenty as well as the production of the sweetest honey in Kenya devoid of any additives and various commercial businesses.

Poverty Level: 63%.

Age Dependency Ratio: 100:108.

The following avenues boost the fiscal standing of the economy of Kitui herein:

Arable land, wildlife arks, livestock rearing, forests, minerals such as the large deposits of Coal and Limestone in the Mui Basin and Mutomo/Ikutha respectively.

Tourist attractions in the form of parks and game reserves such as Mwingi National Reserve, Kora National Reserve and Tsavo East National Park that collect fees that is injected back into the fiscal cycle

Financial services are offered by 7 Commercial Banks, and 12 Microfinance institutions

The main economic activities/Industries include Livestock keeping, Tobacco, Cotton, Mangoes, Honey, Fruits and SMEs- Commercial Businesses.

Agricultural products include livestock products like leather and meat as well as farm produce usually exported to neighboring areas such as, maize, beans, sorghum, pigeon peas, cowpeas, cassava, millet, and green grams.

It is thus lucrative for potential capitalists to invest in the County of Kitui due to the diverse and untapped investment opportunities aforementioned.


Welcome to Kitui County

Kitui County is one of the largest counties in the Republic Kenya and it covers an area of 30,520 square kilometers. The county has a population of 1,012,709 based on 2012 census with a Male : Female ratio of 0.9:1.1. The county is diverse with some areas being semi-arid and mostly dry, while others are fairly arable.

Kitui has two main urban centres; Kitui and Mwingi Towns, Kitui being the capital city of the County. The County is inhabited mainly by the Kamba people, followed by the Tharaka who are found in Tharaka ward but there are also sizable Swahili and Somali population. The Akamba speak Kikamba and are considered friendly and welcoming. There are other communities mainly in urban areas.

 Kitui County has Eight Sub-Counties: Kitui Central, Kitui Rural, Kitui South, Kitui East, Kitui West, Mwingi Central, Mwingi West and Mwingi North.

The county, which lies between the altitude of 400m and 1,800m above sea level, and which borders Makueni County to the South West, Machakos & Embu Counties to the West, Meru & Isiolo Counties to the North, Tana River County to the East and Taita Taveta County to the South. Kitui County is endowed with 14 different kinds of minerals but the most prominent are coal estimated at one billion tonnes in Mui Basin and Gypsum in Mwingi area.

The main economic activity is subsistence farming of crops such as maize, beans, pigeon peas, sorghum, millet, cassava etc. Livestock keeping is also popular, especially goats and cattle. Also, it has small-scale industries for honey, gypsum and fruit processing.

Most residents are Christians, with minority Muslim populations in the main urban centres. Most Christian faiths are represented, including Catholics, AIC, ACK, Presbyterian and evangelical churches.

The central part of the county is characterized by hilly ridges separated by wide low lying areas and has slightly lower elevation of between 600m and 900m above sea level. The highest areas in the county are Kitui Central, Mutitu Hills and Yatta plateau. Due to their altitudes, they receive more rainfall than other areas in the county and are the most productive areas. To the eastern side, the main relief feature is the Yatta plateau, which stretches from the north to the south of the county and lies between rivers Athi and Tiva. The plateau is characterized with plain wide shallow spaced valleys.

The county can be divided into four agro-ecological zones. Semi-arid farming zone has good potential for agricultural development and is currently either cultivated or under woodlands. The semi-arid ranching areas are less fertile and are used for drought resistance crops and livestock keeping. The Arid-agro-pastoral areas are generally suitable for grazing. Finally, the arid-pastoral zones are suitable for rearing of livestock.

The county can be divided into four agro-ecological zones. Semi-arid farming zone has good potential for agricultural development and is currently either cultivated or under woodlands. The semi-arid ranching areas are less fertile and are used for drought resistance crops and livestock keeping. The Arid-agro-pastoral areas are generally suitable for grazing. Finally, the arid-pastoral zones are suitable for rearing of livestock.


Vision

Vision for Kitui County

Hon. David Musila believes that Kitui County has a lot of potential which has remained untapped due to the marginalization of the county by the colonial administration and successive governments since independence.

The county lacks infrastructure particularly a tarmacked road network. Additionally, despite the fertile soils and a hard working population, no efforts have been made in the past to address the perennial food shortages in the county owing to frequent drought.

The county has huge deposits of coal in the Mui basin which could be exploited to produce enough electricity for Kenya`s industrial development. Additionally, huge deposits of lime and iron ore for cement and steel manufacturing respectively have also been established to exist in the county.

Hon. Musila believes Kitui County`s potential in food production, mineral exploitation and infrastructure development can be fully tapped for the benefit of the residents of Kitui County in particular and Kenyans in general. This is why he is fearless in fighting to ensure that Kitui County receives its rightful share of revenue in order to address past injustices in development.


Mission

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To provide effective county services and an enabling environment for inclusive and sustainable Socio- economic development and improved livelihoods for all.


Contact Us

Office of the Senator (Head Office Nairobi )

Parliament Buildings County Hall, 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 49037 - 00100
Nairobi.

Telephone No:      (+254)  (20) 2848000
Mobile No's:                (+254)  716701180
                                      (+254) 728087849
                                      (+254) 721325580
Email: info@kituisenator.co.ke

County Office

Office of the Senator (Kitui Office)

Kwa Ngindu
P.O. Box 1657 – 90200
Kitui. 
Mobile No's: Kitui Office (+254) 722526438
                                      (+254) 722368130 
                                      (+254) 726737642
Email: info@kituisenator.co.ke

Sub-County Offices

Office of the Senator (Sub-County Offices)

Mobile No's: Mwingi Office     (+254) 728256429
                     Mutomo Office    (+254) 702094678
Email: 
info@kituisenator.co.ke