Marakwet District

Marakwet District is a defunct administrative district in the former Rift Valley Province of Kenya. Its capital town was Kapsowar. The district had a population of 140.629.[1] Local people are predominantly of the Marakwet tribe.

The district was created in 1927 as Elgeyo/Marakwet District. It was split into Marakwet and Keiyo Districts in 1994. In 2010, the two districts were joined again to form Elgeyo-Marakwet County.

Many famous Kenyan runners come from Marakwet, most notably Moses Kiptanui, Evans Rutto, Reuben Kosgei, Ezekiel Kemboi and Richard Chelimo.

The district has only one local authority, Marakwet county council. Its population is thus same as the district (140,629). The council and district has no population classified as urban (1999 census [2]).

The Marakwet district headquarters was located at the hilly town of Kapsowar. Other rural centres/towns are Chebiemit, Kapcherop, Cheptongei, Arroor, Chesongoch, Chesoi, Kipsaiya, Sisiya, Kapyego, Tot, Sangach, Kapchebau, Kakimiti, Meuno, Kamogo, Tirap, and Embobut Mosop.

Administrative divisionsEdit

Division Population* Headquarters
Chebiemit 18,559 Chebiemit
Kapcherop 39,328 Kapcherop
Kapsowar 19,647 Kapsowar
Kapyego 11,452 Kapyego
Tirap 23,311 Kapchebau
Tot 17,744 Tot
Tunyo 10,588
* 1999 census. Source: [1]


The district had two constituencies:


  1. ^ "Status of Coverage of Communications Services" (PDF). Communications Commission of Kenya. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 26 November 2007.
  2. ^ "Population of local authorities" (PDF). Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 26 November 2007.

Coordinates: 0°56′54″N 35°30′31″E / 0.94833°N 35.50861°E / 0.94833; 35.50861