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Turkana County

Turkana County is located in the former Rift Valley region of Kenya with its capital in Lodwar. It is the second-largest county by size in Kenya. It borders Uganda to the West and South Sudan and Ethiopia to the south.


The County was named after the Turkana Community who occupy the region.

Population and Administration

Turkana County has a total population of 922,210 people according to Kenya’s 2019 Housing and Population results. The County is divided into seven Sub Counties namely: Kibish, Loima, Turkana Central, Turkana East, Turkana North, Turkana South and Turkana West.

The County is headed by H.E Governor Josphat Koli Nanok.

Economic Practises

Turkana County is growing into one of Kenya’s economic giants with the discovery and extraction of oil deposits within the county. The County is also a major tourist destination site in the country. It is home to major archaeological sites in the country and Lake Turkana.

The County also has large reserves of groundwater which is currently being used for irrigation and domestic use in Lodwar town.


Christianity and Muslims are the main religions practiced in the county.