Vihiga County has a voter registration of 272,409 registered voters. We want to look at how August polls will impact the real estate market in Vihiga.
Facts about Vihiga
Vihiga County is situated in Western Kenya and borders Kakamega County to the North, Nandi County to the East, Kisumu County to the South, and Siaya County to the West. According to the 2019 population census, Vihiga County has 590,013 people. It has an annual average rainfall of between 1800 mm and 2000mm with an average temperature of 240C. The major economic activity is agriculture characterized by dairy farming and the growing of maize, tea, millet, and cassava.
Places to visit in Vihiga
Some of the best places to visit in Vihiga include:
- Mungoma Caves
- Maragoli Hills
- Kaimosi Forest
- Kibiri Forest
- Nganyi Hill
- Sosa Cottages
- Bunyore Hills
- Broadpark Hotel
Mbale is the capital of Vihiga County and the largest town in that county. It’s also known as Maragoli, after the indigenous inhabitants of the area. Mbale is located on the Kisumu–Kakamega–Webuye–Kitale Road, approximately 23 kilometers north of Kisumu. The town has nearly a dozen primary schools. There are several hotels and bars that serve people from as far as Kisumu and Kakamega. Mbale has five major health facilities and religious centers within its boundaries.
Estates in Vihiga
Even though Vihiga has a low population, the population density is high since they are covered by the county is small. Some of the estates in Vihiga include:
- Wena Estate
- Nathaniel Estate
- Miheso Estate
- Busisa Estate
Vihiga Real Estate Market
When you think about investing in Vihiga County real estate, you need to think about where you can get a good piece of land for investment. You also need to think about where you can probably get ready-to-rent properties or even buy properties in the area. Mbale is currently one of the most lucrative places for real estate investment as it has experienced tremendous growth in recent years.
Raila Odinga has promised to uplift the lives of residents and engineer development in Vihiga. He said his administration will prioritize the economic empowerment of the youth and women by availing low interest loans for small and medium business enterprises. He has also promised to grant Kaimosi College a university charter. On the other handed Ruto’s bottom up economic model is also seen as a tool that will uplift the lives of many residents of Vihiga.
According to Odinga’s plan, he would like to see more than 90 percent of youth employed in jobs that require qualifications such as a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree. He added that this would create a more competitive environment for young people who are currently unemployed or underemployed due to lack of job opportunities. Odinga said his administration will focus on infrastructure development in all counties in Kenya so that there would be no delay in provisioning basic services such as electricity supply, water supply, and sewerage system among others.
Hotels in Vihiga
- Mudete Comfort Inn
- Luxe Hotel
- Balance Park Hotel
- Reali Gardens
- Lovely Gardens Guest Home
- Orimba Apex Court
- Ose Cottages
Roads in Vihiga
The county’s vision for infrastructure is interconnected with the improvement of the county road networks, electricity connectivity, ICT, and the provision of clean and sustainable energy. The county has 1,058.2 Km of road network. Paved roads make up 16.6 percent of the road network. Bitumen surface covers a length of 201.5 Km, gravel surface 373.7 Km, and earth surface 483 Km. nearly all public institutions and market centers in the county are connected to electricity. Urban and rural households’ access to electricity is 12 percent and 7.0 percent respectively.
Construction Sector in Vihiga
Construction of an Sh50 million granite factory expected to turn around the economic fortunes of Vihiga County has begun. Four years ago, the national government in conjunction with the county government announced their intent to construct a factory that would turn the Rocky Mountains in the county into cash. Early this week, construction of the factory kicked off at Ebuyangu.
The facility is expected to create over 1500 jobs when it is completed. The county has been facing an economic downturn following land disputes which have resulted in a loss of revenue for farmers and businesses alike. The project will positively impact the real estate market in Vihiga.
According to Governor Wilber Ochitilo, the county has experienced a tremendous development record as compared to his predecessor’s regime. He has asked voters in the county to elect him and realize the completion of ongoing projects in the county. With Kenya Kwanza sponsoring candidates and Musalia Mudavadi being in the camp, there are different stakes as we near the August polls.
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