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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′S36°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
The following is a list of Mayors of Nairobi City;
|Term begin||Term end||Mayor|
|1927||1929||Alfred Thomas Wood|
|1930||1931||Franze Rudolf Mayer|
|1934||1936||Edward (George) Gwinnett Bompas|
|1936||1937||Alfred Thomas Wood|
|1938||1940||Lady Gwladys Delamere|
|1941||1942||Ernest Albert Vasey|
|1944||1946||Ernest Albert Vasey|
|1946||1947||Tyson George Alfred|
|1949||1950||Frederick George Richard Woodley|
|1952||1953||Dr. J.R. Gregory|
|1954||1955||Reggie S. Alexander|
|1993||1994||Steve Flavian Mwangi|
|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.
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.
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;
- United Nations Environment Programme
- International Union for Conservation of Nature
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.