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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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2893 news items

 
AllAfrica.com
Sun, 19 Jul 2015 02:22:30 -0700

Wajir County has appointed an Anti-Radicalisation counsellor to stop youth in the area from joining terror groups. Speaking during Eid-Ul-Fitr prayers on Friday at Orahey, Wajir Governor Ahmed Abdullahi said terror can be thwarted if the community ...
 
AllAfrica.com
Mon, 20 Jul 2015 20:56:15 -0700

By Ismail Noor. The Wajir government has appointed an anti-radicalisation chancellor to stop the youth from being recruited into terror groups. Masjidul Jamia imam Sheikh Rashid took office last Thursday as Governor Ahmed Abdullahi reshuffled his cabinet.
 
AllAfrica.com
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:11:15 -0700

Residents of Wajir have lost confidence in the county government and are sceptical of a report by the World Bank ranking it number one in development expenditure. The World Bank was fooled by what appears to be development commitment by the county.

somalicurrent

somalicurrent
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:03:45 -0700

In 2006, Kenya received the current US president, Barrack Obama as the Illinois Senator, after he made a sudden trip to Wajir town where he was crowned as a Somali leader in a traditional white turban and robes. The Somali elder who dressed him in the ...

Capital FM Kenya (press release) (blog)

Capital FM Kenya (press release) (blog)
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:11:15 -0700

The elections will now be held between August 20 and September 2 in Marsabit, Wajir, Kajiado, Migori, Kilifi and Vihiga counties. In Nairobi County, the exercise will be held from September 5 to 8. According to Nancy Abisai, a member of the board, the ...

KESQ

KESQ
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 09:18:45 -0700

During her two years in north eastern Kenya she has worked in some of the most dangerous areas such as Mandera and Wajir -- places that have suffered numerous attacks on Christians. She is determined in her faith. "If you can go to your place of work ...

BBC News

BBC News
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 05:53:07 -0700

The north-eastern region stretching from Wajir to the border town of Mandera has often been targeted by al-Shabab, which has vowed to punish Kenya for sending troops into Somalia, where it is helping the UN-backed government battle the Islamist militants.

somalicurrent

somalicurrent
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 06:30:00 -0700

When President Obama visited Kenyatta University in Nairobi Sunday afternoon, Jamila Abass from Wajir County was a little known techpreneur from the northern part of the country. She was among select few entrepreneurs and civil society members invited ...
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