Machakos County, Kenya’s administrative center, is a county in the eastern region of Kenya with its Headquarters in Machakos town. Machakos County borders Nairobi, Kiambu, Embu, Kitui, Makueni, Kajiado, Machakos and Kirinyaga Counties.
Machakos town was established in 1887 as an administrative Centre for the British Colony (Kenya). Some may say it was Kenya’s first administrative colony.
Population and Administration
Machakos County has a population of 1,421,932 people according to the 2019 Kenyan population census results. Machakos consists of nine sub-counties namely: Athi River, Kalama, Kangundo, Kathiani, Machakos, Masinga, Matungulu, Mwala, and Yatta.
The County is led by H.E. Governor Alfred Mutua and has Hon. Johnstone Muthama as its Senator.
Machakos depend on vast economic practices such as agriculture, tourism, and mining. The county houses Kenya’s major Cement mining sites and factories. The Export Processing one (EPZ) is located in Athi River, Machakos County.
Tourist attraction sites in the county include the Machakos People’s Park and the Kituluni Hill where water flows against gravity.
Trade is also another economic activity in Machakos County. The County has many open-air markets and its main market days are Monday and Friday.
Machakos County has several educational institutions including Machakos University, Lukenya Academy and Century park College.