List of all sub counties in Nairobi county and their wards

Explore the unique sub-counties and wards of Nairobi, Kenya, and discover the diverse neighborhoods that make up this vibrant city.

Jul 19, 2023 - 10:04
List of all sub counties in Nairobi county and their wards
List of all sub counties in Nairobi county and their wards

Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, is a thriving metropolis that has seen exponential growth demographically and economically over the years. A city born out of British colonialists' need for a railway depot in 1899, Nairobi has grown into a buzzing city boasting a population of 4,397,073 as of the 2019 census. This captivating city, also known as the "Green City in the Sun," has a fascinating structure that comprises 17 sub-counties and 85 wards. This article will take a comprehensive journey through these sub-counties and their wards, unpacking the uniqueness and offerings of each.

Overview of Nairobi's Sub-Counties and Wards

Nairobi's 17 sub-counties and 85 electoral wards came into existence following the new constitution promulgated in 2010. Sub-counties, also called constituencies, are represented by Members of Parliament (MPs), while the wards are represented by Members of the County Assembly (MCAs). Despite being one of the most minor counties in Kenya, Nairobi's dense population is attributed to the numerous social amenities available. The following is a breakdown of these sub-counties and their wards:

Ruaraka Sub-County

Ruaraka, birthed in 2013 from the larger Kasarani constituency, is home to approximately 192,620 people. The sub-county is represented by Hon. Tom Kajwang, who retained his seat in the recent 2022 elections. The wards in Ruaraka are:

  • Utalii Ward
  • Korogocho Ward
  • Lucky Summer Ward
  • Mathare North Ward
  • Baba Dogo Ward

Roysambu Sub-County

This sub-county, formed from the larger Kasarani Constituency with Ruaraka and Mathare constituencies, is led by Hon. Augustine Kamande. The wards here are:

  • Kahawa Ward
  • Roysambu Ward
  • Githurai Ward
  • Kahawa West Ward
  • Zimmerman Ward

Kasarani Sub-County

Originally a larger Kasarani, it was split to form other sub-counties and spans an area of 152.60km squared. The wards that form this sub-county are:

  • Kamulu Ward
  • Njiru Ward
  • Clay City Ward
  • Mwiki Ward
  • Ruai Ward

Langata Sub-County

Hon. Phelix Odiwuor Jalang'o, popularly known as Jalang'o, leads the Langata sub-county, covering about 196.8km squared. The wards in this sub-county include:

  • Nyayo Highrise Ward
  • Nairobi West Ward
  • South C Ward
  • Karen Ward

Embakasi Central Sub-County

With an area of 14.3km squared and approximately 185,948 residents, Embakasi Central is represented by Hon. Benjamin Gathiru. This sub-county comprises five wards:

  • Kayole North Ward
  • Kayole Central Ward
  • Chokaa Ward
  • Komarocks Ward
  • Matopeni Ward

Dagoretti South Sub-County

Formerly known as the Dagoretti constituency, this sub-county is led by Hon. John Kiarie. The wards in Dagoretti South are:

  • Uthiru Ward
  • Waithaka Ward
  • Riruta Ward
  • Ngando Ward
  • Muti-in Ward

Dagoretti North Sub-County

Led by Hon. Beatrice Elachi, Dagoretti North was split from the Westlands and Dagoretti constituencies in 2013. The wards here include:

  • Kawangware Ward
  • Kilimani Ward
  • Gatina Ward
  • Kileleshwa Ward
  • Kabiro Ward

Westlands Sub-County

Covering an area of 72.4km squared, Westlands is represented by Hon. Tim Wanyonyi and is home to some of the city's high-end suburbs. The wards in Westlands include:

  • Karura Ward
  • Parklands Ward
  • Kitisuru Ward
  • Kangemi Ward
  • Mountain View Ward

Embakasi South Sub-County

Covering an area of 12km squared and led by Hon. Julius Mwathe, Embakasi South comprises the following wards:

  • Kwa Njenga Ward
  • Imara Daima Ward
  • Kware Ward
  • Kwa Reuben Ward
  • Pipeline Ward

Embakasi North, Kibra, Embakasi West, Makadara, Kamukunji, Starehe, Mathare, and Embakasi East are the remaining sub-counties. Each sub-counties boasts unique characteristics, history, and development projects that define them.

Quick Summary Of All Sub-counties in Nairobi County 

Sub-County Member of Parliament Area (km²) Population Wards
Ruaraka Hon. Tom Kajwang - 192,620 Utalii ward, Korogocho ward, Lucky Summer ward, Mathare North ward, Baba Dogo ward
Roysambu Hon. Augustine Kamande - - Kahawa ward, Roysambu ward, Githurai ward, Kahawa West ward, Zimmerman ward
Kasarani - 152.60 - Kamulu ward, Njiru ward, Clay City ward, Mwiki ward, Ruai ward
Langata Hon. Phelix Odiwuor Jalang'o 196.8 - Nyayo Highrise ward, Nairobi West ward, South C ward, Karen ward
Embakasi Central Hon. Benjamin Gathiru 14.3 185,948 Kayole North ward, Kayole Central ward, Chokaa ward, Komarocks ward, Matopeni ward
Dagoretti South Hon. John Kiarie - - Uthiru ward, Waithaka ward, Riruta ward, Ngando ward, Muti-ini ward
Dagoretti North Hon. Beatrice Elachi - - Kawangware ward, Kilimani ward, Gatina ward, Kileleshwa ward, Kabiro ward
Westlands Hon. Tim Wanyonyi 72.4 - Karura ward, Parklands ward, Kitisuru ward, Kangemi ward, Mountain View ward
Embakasi South Hon. Julius Mwathe 12 - Kwa Njenga ward, Imara Daima ward, Kware ward, Kwa Reuben ward, Pipeline ward
Embakasi North Hon. James Mwangi Gakuya 208 181,388 Dandora Area 1 ward, Dandora Area 2 ward, Dandora Area 3 ward, Dandora Area 4 ward, Kariobangi North ward
Kibra - 12.1 - Woodley ward, Sarang'ombe ward, Makina ward, Lindi ward, Laini Saba ward
Embakasi West Hon. Mureithi Mwenje 9.35 - Umoja 1 ward, Umoja 2 ward, Mowlem ward, Kariobangi South ward
Makadara Hon. Joe Aladwa 13 - Maringo ward, Viwandani ward, Harambee ward, Hamza ward, Makongeni ward
Kamukunji Hon. Yusuf Hassan 12 - Eastleigh North ward, Eastleigh South ward, Pumwani ward, Airbase ward, California ward
Starehe Hon. Amos Mwago - - Nairobi South ward, Nairobi Central ward, Ngara ward, Pangani ward, Landimawe ward, Ziwani ward
Mathare - 3 - Mlango Kubwa ward, Kiamaiko ward, Ngei ward, Huruma ward, Mabatini ward
Embakasi East Hon. Paul Babu Owino - - Utawala ward, Upper Savanna ward, Lower Savanna ward, Embakasi ward, Mihang'o ward

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Despite its size, Nairobi County remains a significant hub in Kenya, showcasing diversity, culture, economic growth, and social development. Each sub-county and ward play a critical role in the city's overall function, providing not just administrative and political delineation but also a diverse cultural, social, and economic landscape that contributes to the overall identity of the city.


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