Uasin Gishu County is one of the 47 counties of Kenya, located in the former Rift Valley Province. The city of Eldoret is the county's largest population center as well as its administrative and commercial center.[1] Uasin Gishu is located on a plateau and has a cool and temperate climate. The county borders Trans-Nzoia County to the north, Elgeyo-Marakwet and Baringo counties to the east, Kericho county to the south, Nandi county to the south, south-west and Kakamega county to the west.
The county's 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 District. The plateau that they once occupied was then registered in its Anglicised version, Uasin Gishu.
Distribution and Demographics
Currently with the formation of IEBC (Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission) Uasin Gishu was divided newly into sub-county and wards. it has a total of six sub-county namely Turbo - with a Total of six wards, Kesses - With a Total of four wards, Moiben - With a Total of Five wards, Kapseret - with a total of five wards, Ainabkoi and Soy - With a Total of Seven wards.e.