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BARINGO COUNTY

http://baringo.go.ke

 

Baringo County Government

Baringo County constitutes five constituencies: Tiaty, Baringo North, Baringo Central, Baringo South, Mogotio and Eldama Ravine.

The county's top leaders are Benjamin Cheboi (Governor), Benard Leparamarai (County Commissioner), Gideon Moi (Senator) and Grace Kiptui (Women Representative).

Other top leaders in the county include Kamama Asman (MP-Tiaty), William Cheptumo (MP-Baringo North), Sammy Mwaita (MP-Baringo Central), Grace Kipchoim (MP-Baringo South), Hellen Sambili (MP-Mogotio) and Moses Lessonet (MP-Eldama Ravine)

The People

Baringo County is home to 555,561 people (male - 50% and female - 50%), according to the 2009 National Census. The dominant ethnic groups in Baringo are the Pokots, Tugens, Endorois and Ilchamus. Pokots and Tugens are linguistically related groups of the larger Kalenjin tribe. These communities mainly keep livestock, although the people living in highlands usually practise subsistence farming - mainly growing maize and beans.

Other communities living in Baringo County include Turkana, Kikuyu, Meru, Luhyia, Kamba and Luo. Most of these people live in Baringo’s urban centres and most of them do business or are in formal/informal employment.

Religion and Traditional Culture

Most people are Christians, although there are a small number of residents who still adhere to traditional beliefs. The people of Baringo speak the Kalenjin language, specifically Tugen. Most speak Kiswahili and English too. Traditionally, the people of Baringo believed in a god Asis, who is represented in the form of the sun. But today, most Kalenjins have abandoned their traditional beliefs for Christianity. Popular Christian denominations in Baringo include the African Inland Church (AIC), Roman Catholic and the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK).

Livestock, especially cattle, is an important feature of the Baringo culture. It a major source of wealth and serves as a form of traditional currency used to negotiate for wives and dowry payment. As such, it is common for Pokots and other ethnic groups to raid their their neighbouring communities - especially the the Turkana - to enlarge their herds.

Among the Kalenjins, men are traditionally responsible for looking after livestock and protecting their family from external aggressors. Women are tasked with taking care of children, working in the farm and performing domestic duties such as cooking and fetching water. Children usually look after goats and sheep, but in the modern lifestyle, most of them attend school and have attain formal education.

Major Towns

Kabarnet:

Kabarnet town is the headquarters of Baringo County. It is located about 260 km north-west of Nairobi along the slopes of the Tugen Hills. Trade of farm produce, mainly maize and beans, is the main economic activity in Kabarnet. Farmers usually come to the town to sell their products to traders from Nairobi, Nakuru and other neighbouring towns.

Kabarnet is the home town of Kenya's second president Daniel Arap Moi. The town has a museum - Kabarnet Museum - that showcases elements from Baringo culture and traditions.

Other urban centres include Eldama Ravine, Marigat, Maji Mazuri, Mogotio and Timboroa.