West Pokot County is located in the Rift Valley. It covers an area of 9,169.4 sq km and a population of 512,690 (2009 census). Rainfall varies from 400mm to 1,500mm per annum while temperatures ranges from 10 °C to 30 °C The county has 3 Local Authorities (County Council of Pokot, Chepararia Town Council, and Kapenguria Municipal Council) with Kapenguria town being the administrative headquarters. It borders Turkana County to the North, Baringo to the East, Elgeyo Markwet and Trans-Nzoia to the South, and the Republic of Uganda to the West. Kapenguria town is also famous because of the prison Museum where the first President of Kenya, honourable president Jomo Kenyatta, was detained during the colonial era of the country.
The residents in the region is the Pokot community. However, the dominant community that is found there is the Kalenjin speaking people. The residents of West Pokot are herders and also practice mixed farming.
Communities in West Pokot County practice agro-pastoralism, combining mixed farming with nomadic pastoralism. One of the main power sources in the country the Turkwel Hydro Power Plant is located in the county.
Tourist attractions include Saiwa Swamp National Park and Prison Museum. There county has are a number of irrigation project that take advatage of the regions topography and rivers and the Turkwell Dam that produces about 105MW of power that is fed to the national grid. + Read more...