Susie Kitchens meets Uasin Gishu Country Governor for bilateral talks

Susie Kitchens with Jackson Mandago
UK Deputy High Commissioner Susie Kitchens with Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago. Photo: Twitter/GvnMandago

Yesterday morning, UK Deputy High Commissioner Susie Kitchens met Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago in Eldoret to discuss various issues including possible partnerships on trade, investment, universal healthcare and capacity building between the county and the UK.

Uasin Gishu County

Uasin Gishu County is one of the 47 counties of Kenya, located in the former Rift Valley Province.

Its name comes from the Illwuasin-kishu Maasai clan. The land was the grazing area of the clan. They surrendered the land to the colonial government in the Anglo-Maasai agreement of 1911, and were subsequently pushed towards Trans Mara. The plateau that they once occupied was then registered in its Anglicised version, Uasin Gishu.

Eldoret

Eldoret is the fifth largest in the country and also serves as the capital of Uasin Gishu County. It is currently the fastest growing town in Kenya and the second largest urban centre in midwestern Kenya after Nakuru.

The name “Eldoret” is based on the Maasai word “Ole Mpere N. Tomito” meaning “stony river”, a reference to the bed of the Sosiani River (a tributary of the Nile), that runs through the city.

Along with neighbouring Trans-Nzoia, Uasin Gishu have large-scale maize and wheat farms which produce the majorty of Kenya’s total harvest. It also produces sizable quantities of milk and horticultural produce. 

Eldoret itself is home to a vibrant textile industry as well as East Africa’s only manufacturer of small arms and ammunition. Tourism and sports tourism in particular, is a growing sub-sector in the county and athletes from the region have enjoyed considerable success over the years.