ABOUT COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF NANDI

Nandi County is Kenya’s athletics hub. It is home to tens of the world’s celebrated athletes, including world record breakers such as Pamela Jelimo, Janet Jepkosgei and the legendary athlete Kipchoge Keino.

The 2,884 square kilometres The Source of Champions borders Baringo to the east, Vihiga and Kakamega to the west, Uasin Gishu to the north, Kisumu to the south and Kericho to the south-east.

The county, which is also renowned for its thriving tea estates, is endowed with a beautiful topography that mainly consists of the scenic Nandi Hills.

Mission

To build a strong and viable society based on strong moral values, inclusiveness and respect for all.

Vision

A home of rapid and sustainable socio-economic development, where opportunities are provided for all and responsibility demanded from all.

FACTS ABOUT NANDI COUNTY

Images from Top: The Governor, Hon. Stephen Sang. Bottom left: Deputy Governor, Dr. Yulita Cheruiyot. Bottom right: Ag. County Secretary, Dr. Francis Sang

 

Nandi County Government

Nandi County is divided into six constituencies which double as sub- counties namely; Mosop, Emgwen, Chesumei, Nandi Hills, Aldai and Tinderet. The constituencies are represented in the National Assembly by Hon.Vincent Tuwei (MP-Mosop), Hon. Alexander Kosgey (MP-Emgwen),Hon. Wilson Kogo (MP-Chesumei), Hon. Alfred Keter (MP-Nandi Hills), Hon.Cornelly Serem (MP-Aldai) and Hon. Julius Melly (MP-Tinderet). The County has 30 wards each represented by an elected Member of County Assembly. Other leaders include H.E Hon.Stephen K. Sang (the Governor), Hon. Samson Cherargei (Senator), Hon. Dr. Tecla Tum (Women Representative), and Joshua Kiptoo (Speaker of the County Assembly) together with 38 Members of the County Assembly.

People of Nandi County

Nandi County is home to over 752,965 people (50% male and 50% female), according to the 2009 National Census. The majority of people in the county are Nandi, a sub-group of the Kalenjin tribe of Kenya. The Nandi mainly practice subsistence agriculture and livestock rearing, although more people are now turning to cash crop farming (growing mostly tea and wheat) to supplement their income. Other communities living in Nandi include Luhya, Kikuyu, Kisii and Luo – most of whom work on tea plantations and factories or employed by government and private companies. Because of its high altitude, Nandi County attracts a huge number of international athletes who come in for practise. They can be frequently seen running up and down the Nandi Hills. An early morning in Kapsabet presents what the source does to the champions.

Religion and Traditional Culture

Traditionally the Nandi believe in a supreme deity known as Cheptalel or Asis, who is symbolised by the sun. Asis has a Deputy, Elat, the commander of thunder and lighting. The community idolises spirits of the ancestors, Oyik, which are believed to control the affairs of human beings. However, most Nandi people have abandoned their traditional beliefs for Christianity, with a few members of the community converting to Islam. The most popular sect among the Nandi is the Africa Inland Church (AIC), the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK), the Roman Catholic and Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church. Ugali, a dish of maize flour, is the staple food for the Nandi. The meal is usually served with cooked vegetables or mursik – a popular beverage of fermented milk. Traditionally the Nandi wore clothing made of skins of domestic animals and both men and women donned earrings comprising heavy brass coils that pulled the earlobes down to the shoulders. The Nandi practised circumcision of boys and girls as a rite of passage into adulthood. Newly circumcised boys were assigned the task of defending the community, while the newly circumcised girls entered into marriage. Female circumcision is, however, outlawed, and there is rising levels of education among the Nandi.

Major Towns

Kapsabet: It is located about 40km south-west of Eldoret and serves as the headquarters of Nandi County. Kapsabet is home to many world-renowned athletes such as Bernard Lagat, Wilfred Bungei, Robert Cheruiyot and Pamela Jelimo among many others. Kapsabet is also renowned for first grade tea production, thanks to the many tea companies -including Kapchorua and Chebut – that have established factories within the township. Nandi Hills: Just like Kapsabet, Nandi Hills is home to Janet Jepkosgei, Henry Rono and the legendary Kipchoge Keino. The town is the burial site for the famous Nandi prophet Koitalel Arap Samoei, who was killed by a British soldier Richard Meinertzhage in October 1905. Nandi Hills is home to huge tea plantations and a golf course, Nandi Bears Golf Club, where reputable golf tournaments such as the Kenya Breweries Festival of Golf and the Gill Trophy are held annually. Other smaller urban centres include Serem, Maraba, Mosoriot, Kaptumo, Kabiyet, Kobujoi and Ol’Lessos.

Climate and Weather

Nandi County has a cool wet climate with two rainy seasons; the long rains between March and June, and the short rains between October and November. The rainfall vary between 1,200 mm and 2,000 mm annually, with temperatures of between 15°C and 25°C.

Economic Activities

The cool wet climate, complemented by the rich volcanic soils, makes Nandi an ideal area for tea, maize and sugar cane farming. Agriculture is therefore the main economic activity. The county has large tea plantations especially in Kobujoi-Chekumia and Nandi Hills areas. Dairy animal husbandry is also a major income earner among Nandi County residents. Dairy farmers in the county earned Sh3.9 billion from their produce in 2012. The milk produced is mainly sold to Kabiyet Dairies, KCC and Tanykina Dairies. Nandi is emerging as a leading sports tourism destination owing to its association with internationally renowned athletes – many of whom train within the county.

Health Facilities

Kapsabet Referral Hospital and Nandi Hills Sub-County hospitals are the two premier healthcare facilities in Nandi County. The county has nine health centres and 45 dispensaries. With a doctor to population ratio of 1:94,000, there is certainly a need for more healthcare facilities to be established to cater for its residents.

Education

Nandi County has about 744 primary schools and 155 secondary schools with about 220,000 pupils and 27,000 students respectively. The county is home to some of Kenya’s best schools, including Kapsabet High School, Kemeloi Boys’ Secondary, Kapsabet Girls High School, Meteitei Boys Secondary School, Samoei High School, and St. Josephs Girls, Chepterit, Cheptil Secondary School among others. Several institutions of higher learning are found here among them the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton (UEAB), Koitalel Samoei University (a constituent college of the University of Nairobi) Mosoriot Teachers College, Mosoriot and Kaptumo Medical Training Colleges and Kaiboi Technical Training Institute among others.

Famous People

Nandi County is home to many world-famous athletes, including the legendary long distance runner Kipchoge Keino, Moses Tanui, Bernard Lagat, Wilfred Bungei, Janet Jepkoskei, Pamela Jelimo and many others. Political leaders such as Jean Marie Seroney, Chemutai Koitalel Arap Samoei, a popular freedom fighter who was killed by a British soldier in October 1905, hailed from Nandi County.

Attractions and Places of Interest

Tourist attractions in Nandi County include Chepkiit waterfall, Banjoge Game Reserve, Kobujoi forest in Aldai, Kingwai Swamp and Koitalel Arap Samoei Museum. Banjoge Game Reserve is home to a small population of wildlife such monkeys, leopards and snakes. The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has announced plans to restock the reserve with more animals. Banjoge is endowed with attractive caves that wait to be visited. Kingwal swamp in Kosirai area is home to Sitatunga, a rare brown antelope with long horns. The antelope, which is under threat from poachers for its meat, has a huge potential to attract many tourists to the county.

Transport

The most convenient way to travel to and within the county is by road. The county has a tarmac road network that connects it to major Kenyan towns, including Nairobi (about 350km away), Nakuru, Kisumu, Eldoret and Kericho. Nandi has no services for air travel, with the nearest facilities being the Eldoret International Airport (about 40km from Kapsabet) and the Kakamega Airstrip in the neighbouring Kakamega County.

Accommodation

There is a wide range of accommodation options for visitors. These include Nandi Bears Golf Club, Tea Planters’ Hotel, Eden Spring, Nandi Fame and Kapsabet Hotel among others. Budget hotels and guest houses are also available in Kapsabet, Nandi Hills and other major urban centres.

Guest Information

Banks: Nandi Hills and Kapsabet towns are busy commercial centres with at least six commercial banks, including Barclays, Family Bank, Equity Bank, KCB, National Bank and Co-operative Bank. Shopping: Naivas, Tiryo, and Jubilee supermarkets are the main shopping facilities in Nandi County. The supermarkets are supplemented by numerous small shops that are found in various parts of the county. There are several open air markets in the county’s major urban centres where farmers directly sell their produce to consumers.

2013 Established
2,884 KM Square
752,965 Total Population

THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Mrs. Teresa Chepchumba Morogo is a human resource practioner li

Mrs. Teresa C. Morogo

CEC DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION, PUBLIC SERVICE AND E-GOVERNMENT

Scolastica J. Tuwei is M

Mrs. Scolastica J. Tuwei

CO DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION

MISOI JONATHAN went to Cheyakwai primary School. For

Mr. Jonathan Misoi

CO DEPARTMENT OF ICT AND E-GOVERNMENT

GRACE SUGUT is pursuing a Master of Philosophy in Educat

Ms. Grace Sugut

CO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE

Wilson Kibor Taiy is a holder of a Master’s Degree in Agricultu

Mr. Wilson Kibor Taiy

CEC DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM CULTURE AND SOCIAL WELFARE

BENADATTE JEPTOO MISOI holds an MBA in Strategic Managem

Dr. Bernadette Jeptoo Misoi

CO DEPARTMENT OF CO-OPERATIVE

MESHACK KIPKORIR MALAKWEN holds a Master Degree in Busin

Mr. Meshack Kipkorir Malakwen

CO DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

Mr. Stanley Baliach

CEC DEPARTMENT OF LAND ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

CPA, Alfred Lagat (33)

Mr. Alfred Lagat

CEC DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE AND ECONOMIC PLANNING

FELIX KIPCHUMBA SAMBU, CO ECONOMIC PLANNING

Mr. Felix Kipchumba Sambu

CO DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC PLANNING

Mohammed A. Feisal is a strong believer in team spirit and cohe

Mr. Mohammed A. Feisal

CO DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INVESTMENT

Jacob is an Entrepreneur, Trainer, Motivational Speaker and a C

Mr. Jacob Tanui

CEC DEPARTMENT OF TRADE INVESTMENT AND INDUSTRIALIZATION

SOLOMON KIPKOSGEI MANG’IRA is currently pursuing

Mr. Solomon Kipkosgei Mang’ira

CO DEPARTMENT OF LAND ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Elly is an Agribusiness Management graduate who has demonstrate

Mr. Elly Kurgat

CEC DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH AFFAIRS SPORTS AND CULTURE

KENNEDY CHERUIYOT TANUI holds a Masters in Education (Ed

Mr. Kennedy Cheruiyot Tanui

CO DEPARTMENT OF SPORTS

Youthful NELSON LIGAGA

Mr. Nelson Ligaga

CO YOUTH AFFAIRS AND ARTS

Valentine Chemeli Chumo is a holder of Bachelor of Arts Degree

Mrs. Valentine C. Chumo

CEC DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING

Ms. Jepchumba Chemurgor is pursuing a PHD in Business Ad

Ms. Jepchumba Chemurgor

CO DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM AND CULTURE
ICT and E-Government

TOWETT PHILIPH KIPSANG has an M.A in Gender and Development Stu

Mr. Philip Kipsang Towett

CO DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE

Dr. Bernard Kiplimo Lagat is a Development Economist with over ten years’ experience in consult

Dr Kiplimo Araap Lagat

CEC DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND COOOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT

Mr. Wilson Kipsigei Lelei is currently pursuing MBA (Strategic

Mr. Wilson Kipsigei Lelei

CO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

DR ROSE JEPLETING SEREM is a holder of Doctor of Philoso

Dr. Rose Jepleting Serem

CO DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIALIZATION AND ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT

Hillary Koech is a Civil engineer previously working with a gro

Mr. Hillary Koech

CEC DEPARTMENT OF ROADS, TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

JONAH KIPRUTO BIWOTT is currently pursuing a Masters in

Mr. Jonah Kipruto Biwott

CO DEPARTMENT OF ROADS, TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Ruth Cherotich Koech has a degree in Nursing, Biology and a Mas

Mrs. Ruth C. Koech

CEC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SANITATION
ICT and E-Government

SALLY JERUGUT KEMBOI is currently pursuing her Master’s

Ms. Sally Jerugut Kemboi

CO PREVENTIVE AND PROMOTIVE HEALTH
ICT and E-Government

DR. PAUL KIPNG’ETICH LAGAT is a holder

Dr. Paul Kipng’etich Lagat

CO MEDICAL SERVICES

Dr. Francis Sang

Ag. County Secretary
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GOVERNOR'S FEW WORDS

Transformation of Nandi County requires Diligence, Promptness and adherence to integrity by all of us, those in Government and our Citizens. Together we shall transform this County and move it to greater heights

Hon. Stephen Sang