Elgeyo Marakwet County

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Elgeyo Marakwet County Details

Population: 369,998
Constituencies: Marakwet East, Marakwet West, Keiyo East, Keiyo South.

Elgeyo-Marakwet County is one of the 47 Counties of Kenya. Elgeyo Marakwet County is located in the former Rift Valley Province. Its capital and largest town is Iten. It borders the counties of West Pokot to the north, Baringo County to the east, southeast and south, Uasin Gishu County to the southwest and west, and Trans Nzoia County to the northwest.

Area (Km 2) 3,029.8 km squared

Climate/Weather Temperatures range from a minimum of 14 °C to a maximum of 24 °C.

The rainfall ranges annually between 400mm and 1,400mm.

Geography, geology and topography

The Kerio River binds the county on the eastern side. From its alluvial plain the topography gradually rises towards the west. The Elgeyo Escarpment stands out distinctly and causes relief differences of up to 1 500 m. In the northern and southern part of the county the topography is rugged, giving way to more subdued relief differences going westwards. The underlying geology mainly consists of gneisses from the Basement System.

The Cherangany Hills are made up of a series of gently rolling hills that form the western half of the Great Rift Valley and extend northwest in a broken chain to Mount Moroto in Uganda. Non-volcanic in origin, the Cherangany Hills resulted from faulting in the Rift Valley.

The range is approximately 30 miles (48 km) long and 25 miles (40 km) wide and averages 9,000 feet (2,700 metres) in height; its highest point reaches more than 11,000 feet (3,370 metres). Many of the summits are covered with huge groundsels and lobelias. Some of the hills that make up Cherangany include Kameleogon (3581 m), Chebon (3375 m), Chepkotet (3370 m), Alaleigelat (3350 m) and Sodang (3211 m).

Religion and ethnicity

The County is mainly occupied by The Keiyo,Sengwer also called Cherangany and Marakwet which are part of the larger ethnic grouping of eight culturally and linguistically related ethnic groups known as the Kalenjin Marakwet is a sub-tribe of the larger Kalenjin group.

It is made up of the sub-dialects Almoo, Endoow, Markweta (the sub-dialect giving rise to the common name), Sombirir (Borokot) and Kiptaani who presently predominantly live in Marakwet District in the North Rift Valley Province of Kenya. Some now live in Trans Nzoia East and Uasin Gishu North districts and indeed in other towns in Kenya.

The name Keiyo or Elgeyo has been used interchangeably to describe the Keiyo people. The latter name being disputed as a corruption of the former true name, which resulted from the Uasin-Gishu Maasai who were the neighbours of the Keiyo in the mid 19th century at the western side of Eldoret, being a word coined by them.

Economy

Economic activities in the county is characterized by mixed farming which mainly comprise of Livestock and Subsistence farming, Small Business,Tourism and Fluorspar mining in Kerio Valley.Oil Prospecting by Tullow Oil Company is ongoing in Kerio Valley.

Agriculture

Agro-Ecological zone

Agro-ecological zone of the county, according to the agricultural potential

Tourism

Major Tourist Attractions are

1. Kerio Valley National Reserve
2. Elgeyo Escarpment
3. Sports Tourism
4. Cherang'any Hills
5. River Kerio
6. Rimoi National Reserve
7. Torok waterfalls
8. Chebara Dam
9. Sergoit Hill
10.Lake Kapnorok
11.Cheploch Gorge
12.Kipteber Meteorite Historical Mountain
13.Kureswo Hotsprings

Sports

Major sports activity

The county is most notable for its long-standing tradition of producing top athletes who have represented Kenya in many international athletics events.

Kenyan and foreign athletes train at Iten Elgeyo Marakwet County

Sports facilities

Notable sport personalities

Notable Athletes hailing from this county include;

1. Ezekiel Kemboi
2. Lorna Kiplagat
3. Moses Kiptanui
4. Evans Ruto
5. Richard Chelimo
6. Sally Barsosio
7. Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich
8. Vivian Cheruiyot
9. Viola Kibiwot
10.Hilda Kibet
11.Abraham Cherono
12.Brimin Kipruto
13.Frankline Ngelel
14.Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat

Districts in Elgeyo Marakwet Conuty: Marakwet, Marakwet West, Keiyo South.

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