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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 Ajuran. 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)
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 Standard Digital News (satire) (press release) (registration) (blog)
Sun, 24 May 2015 05:21:33 -0700

Assembly Majority leader Mohamed Muhumed accused the group of trying to discredit Wajir County and using illegal means to have the county dissolved. Muhumed accused the group's leader Mohamed Abikar of orchestrating falsehoods to fight leaders both ...

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The Star
Fri, 01 May 2015 00:25:35 -0700

On Tuesday, at least 11 bodies were found in a shallow grave in Lanbiib on the outskirts of Wajir town. Two dismembered heads were found in Yahud dam, two kilometers east of Wajir, according to other sources. Some victims were reportedly 'arrested' by ...

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The Standard Digital News (satire) (press release) (registration) (blog)
Sat, 16 May 2015 01:03:45 -0700

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has extended by one month the curfew imposed a month ago in the Counties of Mandera, Wajir, Garissa and Tana River due to insecurity in the Northern region of the country.
 
AllAfrica.com
Wed, 20 May 2015 02:01:20 -0700

On May 1, the Star exclusively reported the discovery of mass shallow graves in Wajir believed to have contained at least 11 bodies. It is not yet known who they were and who killed them. But locals have inked it to alleged extrajudicial killings by ...
 
AllAfrica.com
Mon, 04 May 2015 00:36:58 -0700

THE government has said it will start in-depth investigations into the mysterious killings of at least 11 people in Wajir. Ministry of Interior spokesperson Njoka Mwenda said the alleged disappearance of terror suspects in the hands of people believed ...
 
AllAfrica.com
Wed, 20 May 2015 01:47:04 -0700

More than 150 teachers have not reported in Wajir county, two weeks after schools reopened for the second term. Some 61 teachers have not reported to work in primary schools and 92 in secondary schools. Speaking in Wajir town on Sunday, Governor ...
 
AllAfrica.com
Wed, 20 May 2015 01:43:16 -0700

Former Wajir South MP Mahmud Sirat has been ordered to answer to charges of obtaining Kenyan citizenship falsely. Nairobi chief magistrate Lucy Mbugua made the ruling yesterday after Sirat's lawyer Kethi Kilonzo applied for more time awaiting a Court ...
 
The Star
Thu, 07 May 2015 00:32:53 -0700

WAJIR Governor Ahmed Abdullahi yesterday flagged off facilities to nursery school models across the county at Hodhan Primary School. He said children have to be introduced to education in a pleasant manner. "In our age, we studied with no classrooms, ...
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