Trans-Nzoia County is located in the Rift Valley region of Kenya. It has its headquarters in Kitale Town. The county borders with the Republic of Uganda. It also orders with Bungoma, Kakamega, West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet and Uasin Gishu Counties.
The County gets its name from The Nzoia River and the Uasin Gishu plateau. It is a continuation of the Uasin Gishu Plateau (Trans) beyond the Nzoia River thus the name Trans Nzoia.
Population and Administration
Trans- Nzoia County has a population of around 990,341 people according to Kenya’s 2019 Housing and Population Census results. It is divided into five sub-counties, namely: Cherangany, Kwanza, Saboti, Endebess, and Kiminini constituencies.
The County government of Kitale is led by H.E. Governor Patrick S. Khaemba who is the County’s first and current governor.
Agriculture is the main economic activity carried out in the county. The count is nationally known for its large Maize plantation schemes. Maize is the main cash crop grown in the county. Tea and other horticultural crops are also grown in the county. This led to the establishment of the Elgon Tea factory and the Western Seed Company to process their produce. Those companies generate a lot of income for the county.
Tourism is another economic activity practiced in the county. Mt. Elgon, the second-largest Mountain in Kenya is located in the county. The County has the following tourist attraction sites: Mt. Elgon National Park, Saiwa Swamp National Park, and the Kitale Museum.
The County has several educational institutions including St. Josephs Boys and St. Josephs Girls High School. Kitale National Polytechnic is the largest tertiary education institution in the county.