Mbale is a town in Kenya. It is the capital and largest town of Vihiga County. It is also called Maragoli, after the indigenous inhabitants of the area
Vihiga County whose headquarters is in Mbale is Located in the Western Region of Kenya. It boarders Nandi to the East, Kisumu County to the South, Siaya County to the West and KAKAMEGA County to the North. It is one of the four Counties in the former Western Province. Vihiga County has five Constituencies; Luanda, Emuhaya, Hamisi, Sabatia and Vihiga
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The County’s population stands at 612,000. With an annual population growth rate of 2.51%, the population is projected to be 688,778 by the year 2017. It has an annual fertility rate of 5.1% which explains the high population rise. However, the age distribution is given as 0-14 years (45%), 15-64 years (49%), 65 years and above (6%) with the youth representing 25% of the population.
Location of Mbale, Kenya
The town is located on the Kisumu–Kakamega–Webuye–Kitale Road, approximately 23 kilometres (14 mi), north of Kisumu, and about 26 kilometres (16 mi), south of Kakamega. The codinates of Mbale, Kenya are:0°04’54.0″N, 34°43’17.0″E (Latitude:0.081667; Longitude:34.721389).
Population of Mbale, Kenya
Mbale’s population is estimated at about 60,000 people, of different races and ethnicities, which include the Luhya, Kikuyu, Kisii and Luo and Asians.
Overview of Mbale, Kenya
Mbale has five major hotels and four major bars that serve people from as far as Kisumu and Kakamega. Mbale has four major banks, namely Barclays Bank, Equity Bank, Co-operative Bank and KCB Bank Kenya Limited. It also has one Sacco bank, being Kakamega teachers Sacco society, which is yet to be officially launched but is functioning at the moment. Mbale has over a hundred small businesses such as shops, tailoring, bread distribution, cyber cafe services, healthcare services, construction, real estate, property mng and hotels. It is home to the annual Maragoli Cultural Festival, which is held every 26 December.
Schools at Mbale, Kenya
The town has nearly a dozen primary schools, including Hambale Primary School, Idavaga Muslim Primary School, Shalom Academy and Mukuli Primary School. The five secondary schools are Mbale High School, St. Clares Maragoli Secondary School, Kegoye Friends’ Secondary School and Mbihi Secondary School. The former Vihiga County Governor, Moses Akaranga is an alumnus of Mbale High School.
Health in Mbale, Kenya
Mbale, Kenya is home to two hospitals; (a) Mbale Rural Provincial Health & Training Centre, and (b) Vihiga District Hospital
Religion in Mbale, Kenya
There are many places of worship in the town, including [ The Salvation Army Church]Anglican, Episcopal, African Israel Church Nineveh, Muslim and Roman Catholic and others.
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