A Model County in Service Delivery.
To Transform Livelihoods through Equitable and Sustainable Utilization of Resources
Land of Hidden Treasures
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Governor is the Chief executive of the County and the Deputy Governor is the deputy Chief Executive of the County. The Governor is designated to provide leadership in the County’s governance and development. The County executive committees who are the ministry heads supervise the administration and delivery of services in the County and all decentralized.
Strategic Focus Areas and Plans
The County has developed a County Integrated Development Plan 2013 – 2017, with priority areas for investment being in the departments of Agriculture & rural development, Health, Infrastructure, Education, social services and water. The critical success factors for the attainment of the set focus areas, the County is looking at:
• Community Sensitization
• Seek more staff
• Political good will
COUNTY SOCIO-ECONOMIC DATA
LOCATION & SIZE
West Pokot County is one of the 14 Counties in the Rift Valley region. It is situated in the north rift along Kenya’s Western boundary with Uganda border. It borders Turkana County to the North and North East, Trans Nzoia County to the South, Elgeyo Marakwet County and Baringo County to the South East and east respectively. The County lies within Longitudes 340 47’and 350 49’East and Latitude 10 and 20 North. The County covers an area of approximately 9,169.4 km2 stretching a distance of 132 km from North to South.
Figure 1: Map of West Pokot County
The population of the County is estimated at 631,231 persons as per 2013 projections. This population consists of 313,746 males and 317,484 females giving sex ratio of 100:101. The County inter-censal growth rate is 5.2 percent which is higher as compared with the national average of 3.0 percent. If current trends prevail, the County population is expected to grow to 700,414 and 771,180 in 2015 and 2017 respectively.
The proportion of the population aged below 14 years and above 64 years comprises about 55 per cent. These age groups are dependents and their proportion is higher than the population in the labor force (15-64 years) which constitutes 45 per cent. These dependents are therefore likely to exert pressure on the workforce to provide for their basic needs.
Agriculture & Livestock keeping
The main crops produced include maize, finger millet, potatoes, beans, onions sweet potatoes, green grams, peas, mangoes, oranges, bananas, coffee and pyrethrum. Maize is the staple food in the County and is mainly grown in West Pokot Sub-County. Potatoes and pyrethrum are grown in South Pokot Sub-
County. The traditional zebu is the main breed in Pokot Central and North SubCounties for meat production while West Pokot and Pokot South Sub-Counties keep improved dairy cows such as Ayrshire and Friesian.
Tourism sites in the County have largely remained unexploited. For instance tourist attraction sites in the County include (Nasolot Game reserve), scenic sites, escarpments (Marich escarpment, Kaisagat viewpoint, Mtelo and Koh hills), ecotourism and Turkwel Dam remain untapped. Others tourism attractions include the rich Pokot Culture and artefacts in Kapenguria museum, curio shops and wildlife. Apart from these, the County is a proud home of the infamous “Kapenguria Six” Cells that is found in Kapenguria Museum. There are a variety of wild animals at the Nasolot Game Reserve. The animals include Elephant, Buffalo, Hyena, Impalas, Leopard and Lions. Currently, there are more than 160 elephants and more than 20 leopards in the County Natural Resources:
The County has limited gold deposits along river Muruny, Seker and parts of Alale, limestone deposits in Sebit, Ortum, Muino and parts of Alale. However, the deposits have not been commercially exploited. Sand harvesting is carried out in most parts of the County but is mainly in Kongelai Division.
The County mineral potentials remain untapped. The following minerals are unexploited: limestone, gold, and ruby. Massive limestone deposits are found in Sebit, Ortum, Muino, and Alale. There is a proposed cement industry to be established in Sebit to fully exploit the limestone deposits. In addition to these potentials, the County has prospect of oil reserve in parts of Pokot North and Central Pokot. All these minerals in the County have the potential of generating additional revenue to the County government. There is need for the County government to enter into partnership (PPP) with investors to be able to explore and tap these natural resources.