County's Profile

Vihiga County whose headquarters is in Mbale is Located in the Western Region of Kenya. It boarders Nandi to the East, Kisumu County to the South, Siaya County to the West and KAKAMEGA County to the North. It is one of the four Counties in the former Western Province. Vihiga County has five Constituencies; Luanda, Emuhaya, Hamisi, Sabatia and Vihiga

This year’s theme “Exploring our Cultural Heritage for the social Economic Benefits of our people”
Slogan “The Oasis of Hospitality and Great Talents”

The County’s population stands at 612,000. With an annual population growth rate of 2.51%, the population is projected to be 688,778 by the year 2017. It has an annual fertility rate of 5.1% which explains the high population rise. However, the age distribution is given as 0-14 years (45%), 15-64 years (49%), 65 years and above (6%) with the youth representing 25% of the population.

The Executive

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H.E Moses Akaranga

The Governor

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Mr. Caleb Temba Amaswache

Deputy Governor

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MS Linet Abdalla

County Secretary & Head of Public Service

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H.E Moses Akaranga

The Governor

Governor's Message
It is now time to bring the big dreams for Vihiga County into a reality. The office of the governor is tasked with an overall administrative duty for the whole county in the devolved units. Our service delivery to the people of Vihiga will be guided by our core values
Mission Statement
To contribute to poverty reduction through the promotion of food security, agro-industrial development, trade, water supply, rural employment and sustainable utilization of the rural resources.
Governor's Core values
-Creation of jobs and human resource development
-Transparency and fairness to all.
-Respect for gender, religion, culture etc -freedom-obligation for people to express themselves reasonably without fear
-Equity and quality service
-Accountability and hard work for development
-Integrity-acting within the rules and convention
-Truthfulness- telling it as it is, calling a spade a spade
-Professionalism-doing things systemically and according to standards

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Urbanisation

The County urbanization rate is 31% with the Major Towns being; Luanda, Maseno, Chavakali, Mudete, Malengo, Mbale, Serem, Jeptulu, Jebrock and Kilingili. The poverty level is 62% with a dependency ratio of 100:90. The major activities for the people fall within the Agriculture department with 87.2% of the households engaging in crop farming.

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Resources

The major resources for the County are; Forests, Rocks, Gold Mines, Rivers and the high precipitation experienced for most part of the year. The Rural household access to piped water is 3.2%, with the same for access to electricity being 5.3%. The urban House hold access to electricity is 10.8% with access to piped water standing at 7.2%.

The financial institutions that are located in the urban areas are 7 with the same number representing the number of Micro-Credit institutions. The major Economic Activities that drive Vihiga Economy are; Cottage Industries, Subsistence Farming, Tea Farming, Horticulture, Livestock Farming, Wholesale and Retail Trade, Quarrying and Mining. So far, contributions from the diaspora have not been captured to reflect external economy assistance.

Social Amenities

The Judicial System is supported by two Courts (one in Vihiga and another in Hamisi) with one prison facility in Vihiga. The County has 754 ECD Schools, 392 Primary Schools, 115 Secondary Schools, 107 Adult Literacy Classes and 5 constituent Universities. The County has 5 Public Hospitals[1], 16 Health centers and 35 Dispensaries. Doctor to Population ratio is 1: 34,000, infant mortality rate at 46/1,000, Maternal Mortality rates of 330/100,000, with Under Five Mortality rates of 121/1,000. Prevalent diseases include; Malaria, Upper Respiratory Transmitted Infections, Diarrrhea, HI/AIDS and related diseases

The Short-Term Budget Strategy Paper (STBSP) is meant to guide the Fiscal Policy for FY 2013/14. It draws its advice from the County Government’s Vision: To create a free, secure, just and prosperous County with a strong and highly skilled Human Resource that will spur industrial growth for economic empowerment. This is strengthened by the Mission statement: To enhance productivity and empowerment in order to achieve Self-sustenance and respect for the people of Vihiga County.

County Stats

County's Total Population

688,778 People

People between 0-14 Years

309,950 People

People between 15-64 Years

337,501 People

People above 64 years

41,327 People

County Offices Working Hours

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Mon - Friday 8am - 4pm

Saturdays 8am - 1pm

Sundays Holiday

Note: The County Government Headquaters is located at Mbale

Our Location

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Kenya, Mbale