Kakamega County is located in the western region of Kenya. It borders Bungoma, Vihiga, Siaya, Trans-Nzoia, Nandi and Uasin Gishu Counties. It is the Most populous County in the Western region
The name Kakamega was derived from the local Luyha dialect and the name traces its origin back to the European settlement of the area. The story goes that many years ago when the Europeans first visited the region, the residents offered them Ugali (Maize Meal). Unlike their local practise, the Europeans pinched the ugali. The locals then referred to the way they ate as ‘ Khumeka’ which roughly translates to pinching. and the Europeans pronounced it as Kakamegea thus the resulting administrative for the area being Kakamega.
Agriculture and tourism are the main economic practices in the area. The famous Crying Stone and The Bull Fighting activities are the main tourist attractions in the area. Sugar Cane was grown as the main cash crop in the area before the collapse of Mumias Sugar industry which is located in the county. Maize growing as a subsistence crop is also practised in the area.
Christianity and Muslim are the main religions in the county.
Population and Administration
Kakamega has a population of 1,861,332 according to the 2019 Kenyan Census. It has twelve constituencies namely: Likuyani, Lugari, Malava, Navakholo, LurambiIkolomani, Shinyalu, Mumias East, Mumias West, Matungu, Butere and Khwisero. and sixty electoral wards.
Following the adoption of the 2010 Kenyan Constitution, H.E. Hon Wycliffe Oparanya was elected as the first Governor of the County in the 2013 Kenyan General elections. He retained his seat in the 2017 Kenyan General Election.
The county has several educational Institutions including Kakamega School and The Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology.