Kitui is a town in Kenya, 180 kilometres east of Nairobi and 105 kilometres east of Machakos. Due to political reforms, Kitui is now the headquarters of Kitui County, which covers a larger area than the former Kitui District did. As a consequence, the city has become a natural meeting point for politicians and businessmen therefore, most of the hotels are expanding.

Kitui is located in Kenya
Location of Kitui
Coordinates: 1°22′S 38°01′E / 1.367°S 38.017°E / -1.367; 38.017Coordinates: 1°22′S 38°01′E / 1.367°S 38.017°E / -1.367; 38.017
Country Kenya
CountyKitui County
 • Total29,062
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)


The name Kitui means ‘a place where iron goods are made’. The Kamba iron-smiths who settled in the county many years before the colonial period are the ones who named the area Kitui. [2]

Kitui had a population of 155,896 in 2009[3] making it the 12th largest urban centre in Kenya in terms of population. It is the largest urban centre in the county followed by Mwingi. A large majority of the residents belong to the Kamba, a Bantu people. The Kamba of Kenya speak the Bantu Kamba language (Kikamba) as a mother tongue. Kitui is also inhabited by several other Kenyan communities like the Luo, Somali, Kikuyu and people from the Coast Region.

Kitui is widely known in Kenya for producing a majority of the country's top legal minds. These include former Chief Justices Kitili Maluki Mwendwa (1968-1971) and Dr. Willy Mutunga (2011-2016), State University of New York (SUNY) Distinguished Professor Makau W. Mutua, and former Law Society of Kenya Chairman, Eric Mutua.

Kitui is also widely known in Kenya for its powerful traditional doctors and is therefore a key destination for those seeking these services. The best-known witch doctor in Ukambani is the late Dr Kilungya Mwinzila, who comes from Mbitini.


The major secondary schools around Kitui town are Kitui School, St. Charles Lwanga High School, Mulango Girls' High School, St. Angela's High School, St. Ursula Tungutu Girls Secondary School, Chuluni Girls' Secondary School, Matinyani secondary school and St. Aquinas Kalawa Boys' Secondary School. The major public primary schools in Kitui town include Central Primary School,Muslim Primary School, Kaveta primary school, Kalawa primary school, Ngiini primary school , Kwa ngindu primary school among others. There are also several private schools in the Kitui town.

Higher educationEdit

kitui County is home to several Universities and Colleges.

  • South Eastern Kenya university (SEKU)- The University is a fully fledged University and is the successor to the South Eastern University College (SEUCO) which was a Constituent College of the University of Nairobi.The University is a premier institution of higher learning in the region offering various certificate, diploma and degree programmes. SEKU envisions becoming a World Class University with quality teaching, creative learning, innovative research and strong community outreach.


The cuisine in Kitui consists largely of traditional African dishes. Chapati (almost like tortillas), ugali, isyo (well-seasoned mix of beans/peas and maize, sometimes with pumpkin and leafy vegetables added), or rice served with goat meat, chicken, and/or cooked vegetable stew are common dishes. Mangoes are the common fruits found in Kitui.


  1. ^ "2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census Volume II: Distribution of Population by Administrative Units". Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  2. ^ "About Kitui County in Kenya". Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 July 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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