2011/2012 Yearbook Devolution

39. Bungoma

 

The county is located in Western Kenya along the border with Uganda, and borders Busia, Kakamega and Trans Nzoia Counties.

Area

3,032.2km2

Climate/Weather

Temperatures range from minimum of between 15 – 20 0C to a maximum of between 22 – 30 0C. It has two rainy seasons with average rainfall from 1200mm to 1800mm per annum.

Population

1,375,063 people

Population density: 453.5 people per km2

National percentage: 3.6 per cent

Growth rate: 4.3per cent

Government County capital: Bungoma Town (pro- posed)

Constituencies: Mt Elgon, Sirisia, Kabuchai, Bumula, Kanduyi, Webuye East, Webuye West, Kimilili and Ton- garen

Economy

Poverty level: 53 per cent of population live below poverty line.

Resources: Natural (Mt. Elgon, Hills, Forests, Rivers Nzoia and Malakisi among others, hot springs), historical sites – Chetambe Fort Ruins

Tourist attractions: Mt Elgon National Park, Mt Elgon Forest Reserve and the Chepkitale Forest, Nabuyole and Malakisi Falls, Sang’alo, Musikoma, and Kabuchai Hills, caves at Kitum, Mackingeny, Ngwarisha, Chepnyali and Kiptoro.

Main economic activities/industries: Webuye Pan Paper Mills, Nzoia Sugar Factory, BAT Malakisi and Master- mind, commercial businesses, sugar- cane farming, livestock farming Agricultural products: Sugar, coffee, maize, milk, tobacco, bananas, sweet potatoes

Education

Education Number of institutions (2007): Primary (804), Secondary (207), Tertiary (40)

Enrollment: Total 400,407; Secondary 41,310

Tertiary:  Masinde Muliro University, Kibabii TTC, Sang’alo Institute, Kisiwa Institute, Moi University Satellite Campus