Local authorities of Kenya

Local authorities in Kenya are the bodies controlling local governance in urban areas in Kenya.

From the 2013 general elections onwards Kenya will have three classes of local authorities: City'forms, Municipality, and Town authorities. Subject to the Urban Areas and Cities Act of 2011, there are three authorities with city status: Nairobi, the national capital, Mombasa and Kisumu. Municipalities and towns are other forms of urban authorities and are generally named after their central town.

Local authorities usually differ from divisional and constituency boundaries used by the state administration.

Under the former act of parliament local authority administration consisted of a mayor, town clerk and councillors. The number of councillors depended on population and area of each authority and they were elected by the public during the Kenya general elections held every five years or by-elections held in between. Authorities were divided into wards and each ward elects only one councillor. Wards have often common boundaries with administrative locations.

Compared to many other countries, local authorities in Kenya were weak and are shadowed by state run administration.[1] However, during the international Africities summit held in Nairobi September 2006, the Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki promised to strengthen local authorities.[2]

Under Kenya's new devolved system of government, the elected councils were dissolved and are set to be replaced by boards, in the case of city councils, and administrators, in the case of municipal and town councils, appointed by the county governments.[3][4]

List of local authorities in KenyaEdit

These are the local authorities, dissolved in 2013, that operated under the old local authorities act.

Nairobi CountyEdit

Kiambu CountyEdit

Kirinyaga CountyEdit

Muranga DistrictEdit

Nyandarua DistrictEdit

    • Ol Kalou town council
    • Nyandarua county council

Nyeri CountyEdit

Murang'a CountyEdit

Kilifi CountyEdit

Kwale CountyEdit

Lamu CountyEdit

Mombasa CountyEdit

Taita-Taveta DistrictEdit

    • Taita-Taveta county council
    • Taveta town council
    • Voi municipality

Tana River CountyEdit

    • Tana river- Hola
    • Tana delta- Garseni
    • Tana north - Bura

Embu CountyEdit

Isiolo CountyEdit

Kitui CountyEdit

Makueni CountyEdit

Machakos CountyEdit

Marsabit CountyEdit

Meru CountyEdit

Tharaka-Nithi CountyEdit

Moyale CountyEdit

Garissa CountyEdit

Mandera CountyEdit

    • Mandera town council
    • Mandera county council

Wajir CountyEdit

Homa Bay CountyEdit

    • Homa Bay municipality
    • Homa Bay county council

Kisii CountyEdit

Nyamira CountyEdit

Kisumu CountyEdit

    • Kisumu municipality
    • Kisumu county council

Migori CountyEdit

Siaya CountyEdit

Rift Valley ProvinceEdit

Bomet CountyEdit

Elgeyo Marakwet CountyEdit

Kajiado CountyEdit

Kericho CountyEdit

Laikipia CountyEdit

Nakuru CountyEdit

Nandi CountyEdit

Narok CountyEdit

    • Narok town council
    • Narok county council

Samburu CountyEdit

Trans-Nzoia CountyEdit

    • Kitale municipality
    • Nzoia county council

Turkana CountyEdit

    • Lodwar municipality
    • Turkana county council
    • Nanam Ward in Turkana West serves as the main source of minerals, contact Lokarach Titus for more details. 0720703380

Uasin Gishu CountyEdit

West Pokot CountyEdit

Bungoma DistrictEdit

Busia CountyEdit

Kakamega CountyEdit

Vihiga CountyEdit

    • Vihiga municipality
    • Vihiga county council
    • Luanda town council

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Samuel O. Owuor, B. Charlery, M. Chretin and B. Schaffner: Urban planning and management in small and medium-size towns In: Les Cahiers d’Afrique de l’Est – Supplementary Issue, 23–48, September 2006
  2. ^ Africities summit 2006 Archived 14 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ End of era for 175 local authorities, http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Councils-dissolved-to-pave-way-for-counties/-/1056/1666572/-/yxrawg/-/index.html
  4. ^ THE URBAN AREAS AND CITIES ACT, http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTAFRICA/Resources/257994-1335471959878/Urban_Areas_and_Cities_Act_2011.pdf

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