Garissa County (Somali: Gobolka Gaarisa) is an administrative County in the former North Eastern Province of Kenya. Its capital and largest urban area is Garissa. The county had a population of 841,353 at the 2019 Census, and a land area of about 44,753 km2 (17,279 sq mi). As of 31 August 2016, Garissa County had more than 260,000 Somali refugees in refugee camps at Dadaab, which is located in Garissa County
Garissa county has a total population of 841,353 persons of which 458,975 are males, 382,344 females and 34 intersex person. There is a total of 141,394 household with an average size of 5.9 persons per house hold. It has a population density of 19 persons per square kilometre.
Garissa County is mostly inhabited by ethnic Somalis.
Distribution of Population, Land Area and Population Density by County
Population 2019 Census
Administrative and Political Units
There are seven counties with 30 county assembly wards. There are 22 divisions sud-divided into 96 locations and 142 sub-locations.
Ali Bunow Korane is the second governor for Garissa county and is deputised by Abdi Dagane Muhumed and assumed office in 2017. Mohamed Yusuf Hajj has been the senator since 2013 he was the first to be elected as senator. Anab Mohamed Gure assumed office in 2017 as the second elected women representative on a Jubilee Party ticket.
Hon. Abdi Muhumed Ali – County Secretary
Hon. Habon A. Maalim – Energy, Environment and Tourism
Hon. Ahmednadhir Omar – Health, Water and Sanitation
Hon. Roble Nuno – Finance and Economic planning
Hon. Habiba Nasib – Education, Youth, Polytechnics and Sports
Hon. Adow Kalil Jubat – Commerce and Cooperatives Development
Hon. Mohamed Abdi Shalle – Land, Housing Development and Public Works
Hon. Issa Yarrow Kahin – Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries
Hon. Zeinab Abdi Digale – Children affairs, Social Welfare and Youth
Hon. Issa Dubow Oyow – Water and Irrigation
Hon. Abdi Omar – Transport and Infrastructure
According to the new Constitution that was enacted in 2010,Garissa County has an assembly whose members are elected from single member constituencies known as wards. There are also nominated members to ensure two-thirds gender rule is followed. There are six nominated members to represent marginalised groups (persons with disabilities, and the youth) and a speaker who will be an ex-official member of the assembly. A County Assembly member is elected for a term of five years. The Speaker is elected by the assembly members from among people who are not members of the Assembly. The Speaker presides over all sittings of the assembly and in his absence is deputised a deputy speaker who is elected from members within the assembly. The County assembly exercises an oversight over the County Government and makes laws that are necessary to ensure the smooth performance of the county government.
The county has 347 ECD centres, 224 primary schools, 41 secondary schools, 2 teachers training colleges and 2 public universities.
39.7 percent of the population can read and write and 57.9 cannot read and write. There is and an average of 8.2 percent literacy level and 74percent are illiterate.
No of Public
No of Private
Teachers Training Colleges
List of Secondary Schools in Garissa County
1. Nep Girls Secondary School – Girls Boarding – 45801102 2. County High School – Boys Boarding – 45801103 3. Sankuri Secondary School – Boys Boarding – 45801104 4. Umusalama Girls’ Secondary School – Girls Day – 45801105 5. Boys Town Secondary School – Boys Day – 45801109 6. Iftin Secondary School – Girls Day – 45801110 7. Tetu Secondary School – Boys Day – 45801111 8. Shurie Secondary School – Boys Boarding – 45804101 9. Yusuf Haji Secondary School – Girls Boarding – 45804102 10. Modgashe Secondary School – Mixed Day & Boarding – 45805101 11. Bura Secondary School – Boys Boarding – 45806101 12. Dadaab Secondary School – Mixed Boarding – 45815101 13. Balambala Secondary School – Boys Boarding – 45816101
There are a total of 111 health facilities distributes across the county, one level 5, 14 other hospitals, 29 health centres and 67 dispensaries.
Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
Urinary Tract Infection
Diseases of the skin
HIV/ADS is at the 1 percentage as compared to the national prevalent rate of 5.6 percentage.
Transport and Communication
A total of 2,700.6 km is classified as road network coverage comprising 1,637.84 km under county government and 1,062.76 km under national government. Of the total road network 420 km is covered by gravelled surface, 2,245.1 km earth surface and .5 km of bitumen surface.
There are 6 postal services with 2,600 installed letter boxes, 2,496 rented letter boxes 104 vacant letter boxes.
Trade and Commerce
The main crops grown are maize, greengrams, sorghum, rice, cowpeas, bananas, mangoes, pawpaw, water melon, tomatoes, capsicum and onions. Farmers have an average size of 1.5 hectares for small scale and 20 hectares for large scale. cattle (boran), goats (galla), sheep (black headed Persian) and camel (dromedary one humped) are kept as the main livestock for producing key products of meat, milk, hides and skins.
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