Nairobi City

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Nairobi City is the largest capital city of The Republic of Kenya. It about 140 km from the eastern edge of the Eastern Rift Valley and about 140 km south of the equator. The city is located at 1°28′S 36°82′E and occupies an area of 696 square kilometers. Nairobi City is about 16.5 km from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
History

The name ‘Nairobi’ originates from Maasai name of the area, “enkare nyorobi,” meaning “a place of cool waters”. Nairobi was founded in 1899 and declared a municipality in 1935 and attained a city status on 30th March, 1950

Population
According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, Nairobi had a population of 3,138,369 people in 2009


Mayors

The following is a list of Mayors of Nairobi City;

Term begin

Term   end

       Mayor

1923

1924

Edgah Henderson

 

1924

1925

Charles Udall

1925

1927

James Riddell

1927

1929

Alfred Thomas Wood

1929

1930

Charles Udall

1930

1931

Franze Rudolf Mayer

1931

1933

James Riddell

1933

1934

Joseph Mortimer

1934

1936

Edward (George) Gwinnett Bompas

1936

1937

Alfred Thomas Wood

1937

1938

Joseph Mortimer

1938

1940

Lady Gwladys Delamere

 

1941

1942

Ernest Albert Vasey

1942

1944

Charles Udall

1944

1946

Ernest Albert Vasey

1946

1947

Tyson George Alfred

1949

1950

Frederick George Richard Woodley

1950

1952

Norman Harris

1952

1953

Dr. J.R. Gregory

1953

1954

Harold Travis

1954

1955

Reggie S. Alexander

1957

1959

Israel Somen

1959

1960

Marjorie Needham-Clarke

1961

1962

Harold Travis

1963

1967

Charles Rubia

 

1967

1970

Isack Lugonzo

1970

1976

Margaret Kenyatta

1977

1980

Andrew Ngumba

1980

1983

Nathan Kahara

1983

1992

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Abo

1993

1994

Steve Flavian Mwangi

1994

1996

Dick Waweru

1996

1998

John King’ori

1998

1999

Sammy Mbugua

1999

2001

John Ndirangu

2001

2002

Dick Waweru

2003

2004

Joe Aketch

2004

2008

Dickson Wathika

2009

2010

Geoffrey Majiwa

2010

To date

George Aladwa

 

In 1983, the City Council of Nairobi was abolished by government and replaced by a City Commission appointed by the President. Nairobi City had therefore no Mayors from 1983 until 1992.

 

 


Transport

Nairobi is connected by good paved roads to Kenya’s other major urban centers. It is also served by buses, mini-buses, shared taxis, trains and by air through the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airport.

 

Administration

The city is divided into 8 divisions which also serve as Parliamentary Constituencies;

Each division is headed by a district officer. Nairobi city lies in Nairobi County headed by Governor Dr. Evans Kidero.

HQ of International Organization

The following International Organizations have their African headquarters in Nairobi City;

 


 

Green City in the Sun

Nairobi’s beautiful green foliage has earned her an identity of the “Green City in the Sun’’.

The Safari Capital of the World

Nairobi City is the only city in the world with a national park in its boundaries and has come to be known as “The Safari Capital of the World“. The wildlife including Zebras, Wildebeests, Buffalos, Giraffes, Rhinos, Cheetahs, and Lions are all living wild within 20 minutes of the Nairobi City Centre