Funded in March 2021.
Kitui County is a county in the former Eastern Province of Kenya. Its capital and largest town is Kitui, although Mwingi is also another major urban center. The county has a population of 1,136,187 (2019 census) and an area of 30,430 km2. It lies between latitudes 0°10 South and 3°0 South and longitudes 37°50 East and 39°0 East.
Kitui County shares its borders with seven counties; Tharaka- Nithi and Meru to the north, Embu to the northwest, Machakos and Makueni to the west, Tana River to the east and southeast, and Taita- Taveta to the south.
The climate is semi-arid; it receives roughly 71 cm (28 inches). Rainfall occurs practically only during the rainy seasons (one long around March & April, and one short, around October, November and December). The terms Long and Short Rains has nothing to do with amount of rainfall received but rather on the length of the rainy seasons. This resultantly makes agriculture a challenging endeavor. Many locals transition to non- agricultural industries/businesses such as: butcheries; food staples (rice, corn meal); kiosks; food café etc.
There are 1826 ECD (Educational & Curriculum Development) centers 1476 primary schools and 384 secondary schools. The county has also 5 teachers training colleges, 311 adult training institutions and 1 technical training institutions. 4.8% of the population has access to electricity.
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