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Not to be confused with Wajir County.
Wajir
Town
Wajir from air.JPG
Wajir is located in Kenya
Wajir
Wajir
Location in Kenya
Coordinates: 01°45′00″N 40°03′00″E / 1.75000°N 40.05000°E / 1.75000; 40.05000
Country  Kenya
County Wajir County
Elevation 1,200 m (3,900 ft)
Population (2009 Census)[1]
 • Town 82,800
 • Urban 16,838
Area code(s) 46

Wajir (Somali: Wajeer) is the capital of the Wajir County of Kenya. It is situated in the former North Eastern Province.

History[edit]

A cluster of cairns near Wajir are generally ascribed by the local inhabitants to the Madanle, a semi-legendary people of high stature, who are associated with the Somali. A. T. Curle (1933) reported the excavation of two of these large tumuli, finding traces of skeletal remains which crumbled at his touch, as well as earthenware shards and a copper ring.[2]

Overview[edit]

Wajir is located in an arid area prone to drought. It sits at a latitude and longitude of 01°45′00″N 40°03′00″E / 1.75000°N 40.05000°E / 1.75000; 40.05000. (Latitude:1.75000; Longitude:40.05000). The town is served by Wajir Airport, with flights to Nairobi, Galkacyo and Mogadishu.

Demographics[edit]

Wajir is mainly inhabited by Somalis, most belonging to the Degodia, ogaden, Ajuran. The 1999 census reported a total population of 661,941 inhabitants.[3]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Wajir
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 35
(95)
36
(96)
36
(96)
34
(94)
33
(92)
32
(90)
31
(88)
32
(89)
33
(91)
33
(92)
33
(91)
33
(92)
33.4
(92.2)
Average low °C (°F) 21
(70)
22
(72)
23
(74)
24
(75)
23
(73)
21
(70)
21
(69)
21
(69)
21
(70)
22
(71)
22
(71)
23
(73)
22
(71.4)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 5
(0.2)
13
(0.5)
20
(0.8)
69
(2.7)
36
(1.4)
0
(0)
5
(0.2)
3
(0.1)
5
(0.2)
30
(1)
41
(1.6)
23
(0.9)
250
(9.6)
Source: Weatherbase [4]

Education[edit]

Wajir county has several secondary schools, six of which are located in Wajir East district. Some of the academic institutions include Wajir High School, Wajir Girls High, Griftu High, Hon. Khalif, Eldas High, Bute High, Hadado, Habaswein High, Furaha Mixed Day School, Waberi Mixed Day Secondary School and Sabunley Secondary School.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Main article: Wajir County

Wajir is the capital of the Wajir County. The district is subdivided into fourteen administrative divisions, which come under the local authority, the Wajir county government.

Wajir County has four constituencies:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2009 Census Vol 1 Table 3 Rural and Urban Population". Kenya Open Data Project. 2011. 
  2. ^ I.M. Lewis, "132. The So-Called 'Galla Graves' of Northern Somaliland", Man 61 (1961), p. 103. Lewis cites an earlier report by Curle, "Prehistoric graves in the Northern Frontier Province of Kenya Colony," Man, 1933, p. 102;
  3. ^ 1999 National Census
  4. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Wajir, Kenya". Weatherbase. 2011.  Retrieved on November 24, 2011.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 1°45′00″N 40°03′00″E / 1.75000°N 40.0500°E / 1.75000; 40.0500


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The Star, Kenya

The Star, Kenya
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:29:04 -0800

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Sat, 16 Jan 2016 04:48:07 -0800

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Sun, 17 Jan 2016 13:00:01 -0800

Wajir County Commissioner Michael ole Tialal said reports from residents indicate a group of gunmen were seen around Welmerer, about 70km from Wajir town. Mr Tialal said they were responding to the threats. "Reports of Al Shabaab presence could be ...

The Star, Kenya

The Star, Kenya
Sun, 31 Jan 2016 19:11:15 -0800

RESIDENTS of Wajir should volunteer for monthly clean-ups of the town to create a healthy and pleasant environment for themselves and visitors, Environment chief officer Muhuba Arte has said. Overseeing a clean-up on Saturday involving dozens of ...

The Star, Kenya

The Star, Kenya
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:41:15 -0800

Flagging off the clinic, Governor Ahmed Abdullahi's wife Rukia said it will be deployed to Hubsoy Town, Wajir South subcounty. “We want to change the narrative that Kenya is the worst place to be pregnant and give birth. We can do this by bringing ...

Citizen TV (press release)

Citizen TV (press release)
Tue, 19 Jan 2016 08:07:30 -0800

Security personnel on Tuesday siezed a cache of weapons at a commercial house in Wajir Town that is suspected to have been hidden to be used in a terror attack sometime in the future. The weapons that included two AK-47 rifles, two American Colt ...
 
AllAfrica.com
Sat, 16 Jan 2016 07:11:15 -0800

The woman from Wajir who was stabbed in the cheek by her husband wants her husband locked up. Ms Fatuma Ibrahim, 32, said she has been a victim of domestic violence "countless times" but would not leave because of her four children. "I want him ...

Citizen TV (press release)

Citizen TV (press release)
Sat, 16 Jan 2016 07:19:36 -0800

Fatma Ibrahim, the Wajir woman who was brutally stabbed by her husband in the face, was on Saturday released form Kenyatta National Hopsital (KNH) after doctors successfully removed a knife that was lodged in her face. Ibrahim, who was flown by African ...
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