2011/2012 Yearbook Devolution

45. Kisii

Located to the south east of Lake Victoria and is bordered by six counties with Narok to the south, Migori to the west, Homa Bay to the north west, Kisumu to the north, Bomet to the south east and Nyamira to the east

Area

1,317.4km2

Climate/Weather

Has two rainfall seasons; short (September – November) and long (February – June), of over 1,500mm per annum with temperatures ranging from 16 0C to 27 0C.

Road network

Bitumen surface 73km, gravel and earth surface 409km

Population

1,152,282 people

Population density: 874.7 people per Km2

National percentage: 2.9 per cent

Annual growth rate: 2.75 per cent (2009)

Government

County capital: Kisii Town (proposed)

Constituencies: Bonchari, South Mugirango, Bomachoge, Bobasi, Gucha, Nyaribari Masaba, Nyaribari Chache, Marani and Mosocho

Economy

Poverty level: 51 per cent of population live below poverty line

Age dependency ratio: 100:94

Resources: Soapstone, arable land

Financial services: Nearly 10 commercial banks and micro-finance institutions

Main economic activities/industries: Subsistence agriculture, vegetable farming, small-scale trade, dairy farming, tea and coffee growing, commercial businesses and soapstone carvings.

Agricultural products: Tea, coffee, bananas, tomatoes, vegetables, dairy products, maize and sugarcane.

Education

Number of institutions: Primary 1,101, Secondary  363

Enrollment: Primary 273,111, Secondary 60,098

Tertiary: More than 70 (colleges, universities and polytechnics)

Health

Health facilities: Four District Hospitals, sub-district hospitals (9), dispensaries (80), health centres (23), medical clinics(12), nursing homes (2) and others (6)

Notable hospitals: Gucha and Kisii District Hospitals and Tabaka Mission Hospital.