Since the promulgation of the constitution in 2010, Kenyans have enjoyed the devolution of government that oversees 47 counties receive 15% of the national budget. This new legal and institutional framework has allowed these counties led by county governors to enjoy a centralized government.
Every county now spurs with its head of executive branch government as the county governors, along with ward representatives, who are members of parliament. The senator and women representatives every county assist with its smooth running.
As for Nairobi, county number forty-seven, it has seventeen sub-counties also referred to as constituencies. Each constituency has five wards with MCAs playing ward representatives. Below is a detailed list of all administrative sub-counties and wards in Nairobi county.
Sub-Counties and Wards in Nairobi
The capital city of Kenya covers approximate square footage of 69,491 Km2; the third smallest county. But, it enjoys a population of over 3.1 million people. The county governor is His Excellency Mike Mbuvi Sonko who was elected under the Jubilee ticket in the 2017 elections.
Below are the 17 constituencies and 85 wards in Nairobi:
This sub-county covers about 72 km2. Its member of parliament is Timothy Wanyonyi Wetangula, who was elected under the ODM ticket last 2017 general elections. Besides the five wards below, it also hosts areas such as Highridge, Deepsea, Githogoro, Nduboini, Kibagare, and Suswa.
- Kitisuru – 21.3 km2 covered by 31,000 people.
- Parklands – 8.2 km2 with 38,000 people.
- Karura – largest ward with 38.2 km2 with 26,000 people.
- Kangemi – smallest ward with 1.6 km2 and 46,000 people.
- Mountain view – 3.1 km2 with a population of 36,000 people.
2. Dagoretti North
Mr. Paul Simba Arati under the Orange Democratic Movement took the member of parliament seat for this constituency. It has a population of slightly below 200,000 people spread across the five wards.
- Kilimani – 16.1 km2 with 43,000 people.
- Kawangware – 1.2 km2 and a population of 34,000 people.
- Gatina – has 44,000 people covering footage of 1.5 km2
- Kileleshwa – 9 km2 stretch with 27,000 people.
- Kabiro – same population and square footage as kawangware.
3. Dagoretti South
Previously referred to as the Dagoretti constituency before the split, it hosts over 150,000 people. The member of parliament in charge is honorable Dennis Kariuki Waweru.
- Mutuini – 20,000 people covering footage of 5 km2.
- Ngando – 3.2 km2 with a population of 32,000 people.
- Riruta – 4.2 km2 with the largest population of 65,000 people.
- Uthiru/ Ruthimitu – 7.9 km2 and a population of 33,000 people.
- Waithaka – same footage as Mutuini but with 31,000 people.
This constituency was previously known as Nairobi south before kibra was split, creating a different region hence a different name. The member of parliament is Nixon Korir, who won the seat with the Jubilee ticket. Square footage and population are yet to be established.
- Nairobi west
- Mugumu-ini – largest ward with 126.4 km2
- South C
- Nyayo/ Highrise – 0.4 km2 representing the smallest ward.
The newly formed constituency has had much disturbance with the new devolution to be its own region and the recent death of its member of parliament, Mr. Kenneth Okoth. The entire constituency is 12.1 km2 and over 178,000 people.
- Laini Saba
- Woodley/ Kenyatta -this covers the golf course section with an approximate footage of 9.5 km2 and a population of 36,000 people.
After Kasarani constituency was split, Roysambu, Ruaraka, and Mathare came into play: this was in the year 2013. The member of parliament in charge is Isaac Waihenya Ndirangu. Below are the five wards represented in the sub-county, with the respective ward executives.
- Kahawa West – Antony Nganga Gatune
- Kahawa – Joseph Mwangi Komu
- Zimmerman – Pius Mwara Mbono
- Githurai – Naftaly Wagura Mathenge
- Roysambu – Peter Muriithi Warutere
With John Njoroge as the member of parliament, this constituency covers about 153 km2 footage. The split didn’t specify the wards footage and no clear population statistics. Even so, Ruai remains the largest ward with 98 km2 geographical area and the home to the county assembly deputy speaker; Honorable John Kamangu Nyumu.
- Clay City
- Njiru Shopping
Formed in 2013 after devolution from Kasarani, it has an approximate population of 192,000 people. The member of parliament in charge of these areas is Kajwang, Tom Joseph Francis. Here’s a list of its wards and their representatives.
- Babadogo – Geophrey Odhiambo Majiwa
- Utalii – Wilson Ongele Ocholla
- Mathare North – Jared Okoth Okode
- Lucky Summer – Frederick Omondi Otieno
- Korogocho – Naftali Owuor Ogola
9. Embakasi South
Irshadali Mohammed Sumra maintained his Embakasi south seat even after the by-election that was held not long ago. Constituency number 282 serves host to major slums, including quarry which many refer to as Kware. Here are the five wards in the sub-county.
- Imara Daima
- Kwa Njenga
- Kwa Reuben
10. Embakasi North
This constituency number 283 is best known as the garbage collection center because it hosts Kariobangi and Dandora. The member of parliament for the region is Honorable James Mwangi Gakuya. All four areas of Dandora are represented here;
- Kariobangi North – Julius Maina Njoka
- Dandora Area l – Peter Wanyoike Gitau.
- Dandora Area ll – Silas Matara Ongwae
- Dandora Area lll – Charles Thuo Wakaridi
- Dandora Area lV – Francis Otieno Ngesa
11. Embakasi Central
Led by Honorable John Ndirangu Kariuki, constituency number 284 covers Kayole, Komarock, and Matopeni. It also includes areas such as Chokaa and Spring Valley. Matopeni hosts the majority leaders, Ibrahim Abdi Hassan’s residence.
- Kayole North
- Kayole Central
- Kayole South
12. Embakasi East
The relaxed residential area, constituency 285, is led by John Ogutu Omondi as its member of parliament. The county assembly also has representatives as seen below.
- Upper Savanna – Stazo Omungala Angila
- Lower Savanna – Nicholas Okumu Ouma
- Utawala – Patrick Karani
- Mihang’o – Paul Kados Kiguathi
13. Embakasi West
A subtle and peaceful place with five wards, as seen below. Its member of parliament is George Theuri with other members of the county assembly
- Umoja I – Mark Mugambi Macharia
- Umoja II – Joseph Ouma Ndonji
- Mowlem – Benson Mwangi Macharia
- Kariobangi South – Robert None Mbatia.
- Maringo/ Hamza – Mark Ndungu
This is yet another renamed sub-county. Previously known as Donholm, it changed its name to Bahati constituency and finally Makadara. Before the 2013 elections, the current governor, Honorable Mike Mbuvi sonko, was the leader in charge.
Its current member of parliament is honorable Benson Mutura Kangara. The total coverage is 13 km2, with Viwandani taking the largest portion of 5.7 km2.
- Eastleigh North
A rather quiet sub-county is this one. Covering only 12 km2 footage, it has an approximate population of 170,000 people. The member of parliament leading the constituency is Mr. Yusuf Hassan Abdi, other members representing the wards include;
- Ngara – Mwaura Chege
- Nairobi Central – Daniel Ngengi Muturi
- Eastleigh South – Patrick Kanyangi Logedi
- Airbase – Fuad Hussein Mohammed
- California – Hassan Abdikadir Mohammed
Another half high-end location just as Parklands and Westlands is Starehe. Led by many including musician Jaguar. Its current member of parliament is honorable William Maina Kamanda.
Below are the five wards represented in this sub-county along with the members of its county assembly.
- Ziwani/ Kariakor – Millicent Wambui Mugadi
- Landimawe – Honorable Herman Masabu Azangu
- Nairobi South – Esther Waithera Chege
- Pangani – Peter Wahinya Njau
- Hospital – Patrick Musili Mbangula
In 2013, a split saw Mathare become a constituency on its own alongside the other four regions. It was further split into five additional wards as seen below. The member of parliament leading the area is Mr. Kariuki. Other members of the county assembly are;
- nairobiMabatini – Wilfred Oluoch Odalo
- Huruma – David Ruongo Okelo
- Ngei – Redson Otieno Onyango
- Mlango Kubwa – Patricia Mutheu Musyimi
- Kiamaiko – James Mwangi Wambui