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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 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 Ajuuraan. 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, Murale and Hawadle sub-clan of the Hawiye, Ogaden sub-clan of the Darod, and the Ajuran. The 1999 census reported a total population of 42,207 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)
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 council.

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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263 news items

 
The Standard Digital News
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:30:00 -0700

Wajir, Kenya: Poverty-stricken Wajir County has in the last one year lost about Sh1.1 billion in a massive scam involving irregular procurement of goods and services. The money has also been lost in fabricated motor vehicle maintenance expenses ...
 
The Star
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:05:50 -0700

THE Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating the Wajir county over procurement of cars and other equipment worth more than Sh296 million. Documents seen by the Star show the county government is suspected to have single-sourced most ...
 
The Star
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:18:45 -0700

General secretary Kullow Sheikh said Wajir Governor Ahmed Abdullahi and County Commissioner Naftali Mungathia failed to prevent clashes between clans in Mandera and Wajir. “We want the Wajir county to compensate these teachers because their ...
 
AllAfrica.com
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 02:56:15 -0700

AT least 30 teachers in Wajir county have left the classroom and joined the county government for "greener pastures". But in a county that is grappling with acute shortage of teachers, this will affect the already poor quality of education. The ...
 
The Standard Digital News
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:26:34 -0700

They also took issue with the Wajir Anti-Corruption Forum chairman, Mohamed Abikar, whom they said was using the organisation to foster the MP's agenda of fighting the governor. They challenged the MPs and Mr Abikar to visit Wajir and see how ...

Sabahi Online

Sabahi Online
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:26:15 -0700

Gobollada ay cunno yarida ugu ba'an ka jirto waa Mandera, Turkana, Wajir, Baringo, Marsabit iyo Samburu, ayuu sheegay KRCS. "Waxaa caado noqotay in sannad walba aan soo saarno baaq raashin lagu ururinayo si loo badbaadiyo kumanaan Kenyan ah ...

Sabahi Online

Sabahi Online
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:37:10 -0700

More than two million people are facing starvation, the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) warned on August 16th, launching an appeal to raise funds to aid those in need. The counties hardest hit by the food shortage are Mandera, Turkana, Wajir, Baringo, ...
 
Diplomat News Network
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:56:15 -0700

UNHCR has for many years sustained its support to refugee host communities mainly in Garissa and Wajir Counties within which the five Dadaab camps lie. Dadaab has close to 340,000 Somali refugees, some of whom have lived in the camps for almost 24 ...
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