Bungoma County Details
Constituencies: Mt. Elgon, Sirisia, Kabuchia, Bumula, Kandunyi, Webuye, Bokoli, Kimilili, Tongaren.
Bungoma County is a county in the former Western Province of Kenya. Its capital is Bungoma Town.
The economy of Bungoma County is mainly agricultural, centering on the sugarcane and maize industries. The area experiences high rainfall throughout the year, and is home to several large rivers, which are used for small-scale irrigation.
The Bukusu who occupy much of the county are resilient and flamboyant people who stood up against British rule in the late 19th century. In a war that erupted at Lumboka and eventually ended at Chetambe near Webuye, the Bukusu bitterly resisted British rule. They are farmers who practice both livestock and crop farmers. And an early British traveler described them as such when he visited in 1876 "on the East of the Mountain, there are the Bukusu who are greater livestock breeders and keepers".
The Bukusu have produced many prominent people that have served in the Kenyan public life among them the late Hon Masinde Muliro( Founder Member of original KADU independence party, Founder member of FORD party) late Hon Wamalwa Kijana (former vice president), the late Cardinal Maurice Michael Otunga (head of the Catholic Church in Kenya), the late Elijah Masinde (founder of Dini ya Musambwa), Sudi Namachanja (chief during colonial days), Luka Namulala (community fore teller), among others.
Among the women that have stood out include Dinah Khayota (former women leader), Justice Ruth Nekoye, lawyer Nancy Barasa and Beatrice Kituyi ( a prominent lawyer and former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour) among others.A number of notable young leaders has emerged from Bungoma County such as former student leaders like Wafula Buke and Fwamba Nc Fwamba.
This large population of approximately 1.4 million, coupled with rural unemployment has started to put pressure on land and other natural resources.
There are a number of non-governmental organizations currently working in Bungoma. SACRED Africa started by Dr Juma Mukhwana has established an agricultural research and training center at Siritanyi campus on the outskirts of Bungoma town.
SACRED Africa works with farmers to improve smallholder agricultural productivity and marketing while protecting and enhancing the environment. One Acre Fund, in an effort to improve farming incomes, is introducing more profitable crops and farming techniques to farmers and providing farming inputs in exchange for a share of future revenues.
Several universities have also opened campuses in the area. These include Moi University (working with SACRED training Institute, Masinde Muliro University and Kenyatta University among others. Also see Universities in Kenya & Colleges in Kenya .
Districts in Bungoma County: Mt. Elgon, Bumula, Cheptais, Bungoma South,Bungoma East, Bungoma Central, Bungoma North, Kimilili, Bungoma East.
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