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Background

Mandera County is one of the 47 counties in Kenya, located in the North Eastern part of Kenya and borders Ethiopia to the North, Somalia Republic to the East and Wajir County to the South. It is about 1,100km from the capital city of Nairobi by road.

Demographic Features
Population Size and Composition

Table 4 : Population Projection by Age Cohort

Age group

2009

(Census)

2012 (Projections)

2015 (Projections)

2017 (Projections)

Male

Female

Total

Male

Female

Total

Male

Female

Total

Male

Female

Total

0-4

73,452

71408

144860

82528

80232

162760

92726

90146

182872

100215

97426

197641

5-9

105,648

92882

198530

118703

104359

223062

133370

117254

250624

144142

126725

270867

10-14

117,852

89587

207439

132415

100657

233072

148777

113095

261872

160793

122229

283022

15-19

84,291

52022

136313

94707

58450

153157

106409

65673

172082

115004

70977

185981

20-24

41,824

28024

69848

46992

31487

78479

52799

35378

88177

57063

38235

95298

25-29

21,325

27053

48378

23960

30396

54356

26921

34152

61073

29095

36910

66005

30-34

19,859

27492

47351

22313

30889

53202

25070

34706

59776

27095

37509

64604

35-39

17,806

25749

43555

20006

28931

48937

22478

32506

54984

24294

35131

59425

40-44

21049

18643

39692

23650

20947

44597

26572

23535

50107

28718

25436

54154

45-49

15183

11203

26386

17059

12587

29646

19167

14143

33310

20715

15285

36000

50-54

13628

7614

21242

15312

8555

23867

17204

9612

26816

18594

10388

28982

55-59

7221

3466

10687

8113

3894

12007

9116

4375

13491

9852

4729

14581

60-64

8603

3530

12133

9666

3966

13632

10860

4456

15316

11738

4816

16554

65-69

3166

1464

4630

3557

1645

5202

3997

1848

5845

4320

1997

6317

70-74

4330

2229

6559

4865

2504

7369

5466

2814

8280

5908

3041

8949

75-79

1461

954

2415

1642

1072

2714

1844

1204

3048

1993

1302

3295

80-84

3143

2385

5528

3531

2680

6211

3968

3011

6979

4288

3254

7542

85+ (NS)

102

108

210

115

121

236

129

136

265

139

147

286

TOTAL

559,943

465,813

1,025,756

629,134

523,372

1,152,506

706,873

588,044

1,294,917

763,966

635,537

1,399,503

Source: County Development Planning Office (2013)

The age cohort 0 – 19 years which is 67% of the total population is composed of infants and the school going-age. This implies that this population forms a high dependency ratio in the County compared to that of the aged which is 1.9% of the total population. The high population in the age cohort 0-19 years will require the county to develop more infrastructural facilities particularly in the education and health subsectors to avoid straining the existing ones.

Sub-Counties

 

Source: Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS 2013)

Table 2: Area of the County by Sub-County

Sub-County

Banissa

Mandera West

Mandera East

Lafey

Mandera North

Mandera South

TOTAL

Area (Km2)

3,356.1

4,778.5

2,797

3,378

5,533.5

6,148.4

25,991.5

Source:  2009 KPHC

Mandera South sub-county is the largest in terms of area (6,148.4 Km2) while Mandera East sub-county has the smallest area (2,797 Km2).
Political units (constituencies/sub-counties and wards)

Table 2 below shows the county by constituencies with their respective wards.

Table 3 : County’s Electoral wards by Constituency

Shimbir Fatuma

Constituency

Wards

Area(km2)

Banissa

Banisa

746.00

Derkhale

433.60

Guba

560.80

Malkamari

1303.50

Kiliweheri

312.30

Mandera West

Takaba South

1052.2

Takaba

1108.70

Lagsure

982.50

Dandu

791.70

Gither

843.40

Mandera East

Arabia

1238.0

Bulla Mpya

219.20

Khalalio

309.40

Neboi

50.20

Township

20.40

Lafey

Libehia

1576.60

Fino

947.10

Lafey

592.60

Warankara

957.00

Alango Gof

263.70

Mandera North

Ashabito

546.60

Guticha

4058.10

Marothile

249.40

Rhamu

147.30

Rhamu Dimtu

935.20

Mandera South

Wargadud

725.2

Kotulo

2469.90

Elwak South

454.30

Elwak North

359.80

1736.80

TOTAL

      30

25,991.5

Source: IEBC December 2012

According to the table above, the county has a total of 30 wards with each constituency having five wards.

The County Administratively is subdivided into six Sub Counties namely Mandera West, Mandera South, Banissa, Mandera North, Mandera East and Lafey and further to 30 administrative wards.

Vision & Mission

Vision Statement
Regionally competitive and self- reliant county

Mission Statement
To strategically position ourselves as a county  guided by innovative competitiveness in order to achieve progressive, wealthy, healthy, cohesive and secure county.

Core Values

  • Integrity
  • Innovativeness
  • Professionalism
  • Team work
  • Equity
  • Transparency
  • Accountability
  • Respect for rule of law

Core Objectives

  • To position Mandera as the fruit producing county of Kenya
  • To transform the livestock sector from a way of life to competitive economic activity that will transform the lives of our pastoral communities
  • To achieve a good state of water security in Mandera by 2017
  • To ensure  efficient and economical provision  of water and sanitation services, increase environmental conservation, appropriately utilize  natural resources  and improve access to affordable and environmentally friendly sources of energy
  • To achieve fair state of food security in the county.
  • To improve the livelihood of the people of Mandera county by promoting competitive farming practices through appropriate policy framework.
  • To create an enabling environment for agricultural development, increase productivity, promote market access, avail affordable farm inputs, increase value addition and affordable sharia compliant financing.
  • To ensure that all Manderians have access to quality healthcare by 2017
  • To promote and facilitate un restricted inter county movements of goods and services all year round
  • To  put in place  spatial planning  that will carter for the current and future needs of our population and align land use  to modern sustainable utilization
  • To implement a total financial management solutions in all county operations
  • To mobilize resources both internally and externally to make development priorities a reality
  • To promote world class infrastructure in order to achieve socio-economic development in line with Kenya's vision 2030
  • To propel livestock sub sector to the future as thriving, competitive and economically viable activity.
  • To improve livestock production, productivity, health and marketing
  • To enhance access, quality, equity retention, transition and completion levels at the ECD, non formal education, primary, secondary   and tertiary education
  • To establish and transform an efficient and effective workforce  that delivers services to the satisfaction of the citizens
  • To comply with the requirement of the constitution and all the relevant acts and regulations
  • To promote citizens serving citizens by working collaboratively, innovatively, efficiently, effectively while being responsive to our people and  fiscally prudent.
  • To promote Private Sector development through sharia compliant Trade Finance, commercially oriented cooperatives, Enterprise Development.
  • To foster Conducive Linkages, information management and Collaborative Mechanism to enhance Industrial and Tourism infrastructure for economic growth and development.
  • To adapt financial management and reporting as per the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRs).

Economic Activities

Nomadic pastoralism is the major economic activity in the in the county with camels,goats,sheeps&cattle being the main type of livestock reared. The region vast pasture land has allowed this activity to be viable.

The main water sources in the region are river Daua a number of shallow wells and few major earth pans. The region has small scale agriculture production with small scale horticulture producers supplying Mangoes, pawpaw, onions, kales and Banana to the local market.

The County is accessible by road and air. It has an airstrip with airplanes going to Mandera town from the Wilson Airport four days a week; Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday.  It’s a two hour flight with small business air craft carrying 30 to 50 passengers.

In the wake of devolution, Mandera town has attracted interested investors opening up the town with different investments e.g. Hotels and Resort centers, Transport, Banks, and other small businesses.

The County Government together with the National Government through hiring over 127 Kenya Police Reserves (KPR) who are mainly locals to supplement the number of security officers in the County, have managed to boost security surveillance across the county. The county also received vehicles to support security operations.

With peace, security and stability it is easy to encourage investors to invest in which will improve living standards and create wealth and employment opportunities in Mandera.

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Mandera County Government
P.O. Box 13-70300
Mandera, Kenya
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