ABOUT COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF NANDI
Nandi County is Kenya’s athletics hub. It is home to tens of the world’s celebrated athletes, including world record breakers such as Pamela Jelimo, Janet Jepkosgei and the legendary athlete Kipchoge Keino.
The 2,884 square kilometres The Source of Champions borders Baringo to the east, Vihiga and Kakamega to the west, Uasin Gishu to the north, Kisumu to the south and Kericho to the south-east.
The county, which is also renowned for its thriving tea estates, is endowed with a beautiful topography that mainly consists of the scenic Nandi Hills.
FACTS ABOUT NANDI COUNTY
Nandi County is divided into six constituencies which double as sub- counties namely; Mosop, Emgwen, Chesumei, Nandi Hills, Aldai and Tinderet. The constituencies are represented in the National Assembly by Hon.Vincent Tuwei (MP-Mosop), Hon. Alexander Kosgey (MP-Emgwen),Hon. Wilson Kogo (MP-Chesumei), Hon. Alfred Keter (MP-Nandi Hills), Hon.Cornelly Serem (MP-Aldai) and Hon. Julius Melly (MP-Tinderet). The County has 30 wards each represented by an elected Member of County Assembly. Other leaders include H.E Hon.Stephen K. Sang (the Governor), Hon. Samson Cherargei (Senator), Hon. Dr. Tecla Tum (Women Representative), and Joshua Kiptoo (Speaker of the County Assembly) together with 38 Members of the County Assembly.
Nandi County is home to over 752,965 people (50% male and 50% female), according to the 2009 National Census. The majority of people in the county are Nandi, a sub-group of the Kalenjin tribe of Kenya. The Nandi mainly practice subsistence agriculture and livestock rearing, although more people are now turning to cash crop farming (growing mostly tea and wheat) to supplement their income. Other communities living in Nandi include Luhya, Kikuyu, Kisii and Luo – most of whom work on tea plantations and factories or employed by government and private companies. Because of its high altitude, Nandi County attracts a huge number of international athletes who come in for practise. They can be frequently seen running up and down the Nandi Hills. An early morning in Kapsabet presents what the source does to the champions.
Traditionally the Nandi believe in a supreme deity known as Cheptalel or Asis, who is symbolised by the sun. Asis has a Deputy, Elat, the commander of thunder and lighting. The community idolises spirits of the ancestors, Oyik, which are believed to control the affairs of human beings. However, most Nandi people have abandoned their traditional beliefs for Christianity, with a few members of the community converting to Islam. The most popular sect among the Nandi is the Africa Inland Church (AIC), the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK), the Roman Catholic and Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church. Ugali, a dish of maize flour, is the staple food for the Nandi. The meal is usually served with cooked vegetables or mursik – a popular beverage of fermented milk. Traditionally the Nandi wore clothing made of skins of domestic animals and both men and women donned earrings comprising heavy brass coils that pulled the earlobes down to the shoulders. The Nandi practised circumcision of boys and girls as a rite of passage into adulthood. Newly circumcised boys were assigned the task of defending the community, while the newly circumcised girls entered into marriage. Female circumcision is, however, outlawed, and there is rising levels of education among the Nandi.
Kapsabet: It is located about 40km south-west of Eldoret and serves as the headquarters of Nandi County. Kapsabet is home to many world-renowned athletes such as Bernard Lagat, Wilfred