Sunset over Lake Baringo, Baringo County, Kenya
Location in Kenya
|Formed||4 March 2013|
|o Governor||Stanley Kiptis|
|o Total||11,075.3 km2 (4,276.2 sq mi)|
|o Density||60/km2 (160/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+3 (EAT)|
Baringo bounded by Turkana County and West Pokot County to the North, Samburu County and Laikipia County to the East, Nakuru County and Kericho County to the South, Uasin Gishu County to the South West and Elgeyo Marakwet County to the West. It covers an area of 8,655 sq km. Baringo County lies between Latitudes 00 degrees 13" South and 1 degree 40" north and Longitudes 35 degrees 36" and 36" degrees 30" East.
Baringo has five administartive sub-counties
Baring county has a total of thirty electoral wards and one hundred and sixteen electoral wards. The electoral wards is run by an elected member of county assemby where-areas location is led by Chief appointed.
|Sub-County||Area KM sq||Electoral Wards||Locations|
The county has a population of 666,763 (2019 census) and an area of 10,976.4 km2 (4,238.0 sq mi).
The county is occupied by the Tugen, lembus, Pokot and Njemps. A sizeable population of Nubians is found in Eldama-Ravine. Christianity is the most practiced religion in the county. Baringo county has many tribes including Tugens, Njemps, Pokots, Turkanas, Kikuyus, Numbians and Kisiis. Traditionally, Baringo people believed in a god Asis, who is represented by the sun; however, currently, most individuals in the county believe in Christianity. The well-known Christian denominations within Baringo County include the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK), African Inland Church (AIC), and Roman Catholic.
The County Governor is Stanley Kiptis and is deputized by Jacob Kurui Chepkwony. The Senator is Gideon Moi while the County Women is Gladwell Tungo. The County Executive Committee consists of the following:
|Mrs. Scola Jepkesei Kimeliy||Industrialization, Commerce Tourism and Enterprise Development|
|Mrs. Lilian Sadalla||Land, Housing and Urban Planning|
|Mr. Edwin Riamangura||Youth, Gender, Labour and Social Services|
|Mr. Job Kibei Tomno||Water and Irrigation|
|Ms. Caroline Lentupuru||Environment and Natural Resources|
|Mr. Philemon Rono||Transport and Infrastructure|
|Mrs. Emily Kibet||Education|
|Mr. Lukah Rotich||Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries|
The economy of the county is mainly agro-based. The main food crops grown are maize, pigeon peas, beans, Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, sorghum, cassava and finger millet while the cash crops are coffee, cotton, macadamia and pyrethrum. Livestock products include honey, beef, mutton as well as hides and skins. However, little value addition is done to these products.
Major attractions include:
Major tourist hotels in the county are:
Secondary schools include Kabarnet High School, Baringo High School, Kapropita High School, and Kituro High School, Tabagon Girls, Pemwai Girls, Tenges Boys among others
There are six hundred and eighty seven primary schools, out of this 601 are public and 86 are private schools. In Secondary school category they are a total of one hundred and fifty nine (159) schools; one hundred and forty seven being public secondary schools and twelve being private public secondary schools.
Kabarnet County Referral Hospital is the largest and best public hospital in the county. There are a total of 172 health facilities; seven level four, 25 level three and 140 level 2 centres.
The county headquarters is linked to Nakuru and Eldoret by class C roads which fall under the Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA).
There are 339km bitumen, 2141 murram and 995km earth roads in the county. As at 2014 a total of 9 postal offices were spread across the county with letter boxes of 2950 installed, 2510 rented and 440 vacant.