Mandera County (Somali: Mandheera) is a county in the former North Eastern Province of Kenya. Its capital and largest town is Mandera. The county is bordered by Ethiopia to the north, by Somalia to the east and by Wajir County to the southwest. According to the 2019 census, the county has a population of 867,457 and an area of 25,939.8 km2. The main economic activity in the county is pastoralism, while others include cross-border trade with Ethiopia, artisanal mining, beekeeping and agriculture along the Dawa River
The county mostly consists of rocky hills, located on a plain that rises from 400m in altitude near El Wak, to 970m near the Ethiopian border. The seasonal Dawa River (also ‘Daua River’) forms the border between Mandera County and Ethiopia, for about 150 km from the northernmost point of the county up to the Somali border. The river’s flood plains are used for cultivating crops. Most of the county has a semi-arid climate
County has a temperature range between 24C – 42C. Rainfall is very low and unreliable with annual average of 91.7mm annually. Long rains normally occur in April and May averaging 69.1mm while short rains in October and November averaging 122mm.
The county has a total population of 867,457 of which 434,976 are males, 432,444 females and 37 intersex persons. There are 125,763 household with an average household size of 6.9 persons per household and a population density 33 people per square kilometre.
Ibrahim Roba is the Governor serving his last term in office after being elected twice 2013, 2017 and his deputy is Mohamed Ahmed.Mahamud Mohamed M is the Senator and he replaced Billow Kerow who was the first elected senator. Amina Gedow is the second elected women representative won against the Fathia Mahbuub who was the first women representative for the county.
For Mandera County, the County Executive Committee comprises:-
1. Mandera Secondary School – Boys Boarding – 47803101 2. Moi Girls Secondary School – Girls Boarding – 47803102 3. Arabia Boys Secondary School – Boys Boarding – 47803201 4. Lafey Boys Secondary School – Boys Boarding – 47803202 5. Arabia Girls Secondary – Girls Boarding – 47803203 6. Takaba Boys’ Secondary School – Boys Boarding – 47810101 7. Takaba Girls’ Secondary School – Girls Boarding – 47810103 8. Elwak Secondary School – Boys Boarding – 47811101 9. Elwak Girls Secondary School – Girls Boarding – 47811103 10. Chief Mohamed Jari Secondary School – Mixed Boarding – 47811104 11. Sheikh Ali High School – Boys Boarding – 47812101 12. Rhamu Girls Secondary School – Girls Boarding – 47812102 13. Ashabito Secondary School – Boys Boarding – 47812201 14. Lafey Boys Secondary School – Boys Boarding – 47814101 15. Wayam Secondary School – Boys Boarding – 47817101
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