Machakos is a town in Kenya, 63 kilometres southeast of Nairobi. It is the capital of theMachakos County, Kenya. Machakos Town is a major urban centre. Its population is rapidly growing and is 150,041 as of 2009. People who live here are mostly the Akambasthough it is a cosmopolitan town. Machakos is surrounded by hilly terrain, with a high number of family farms.
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|LANGUAGE :||English (official), Kiswahili (official), numerous indigenous languages|
|COORDINATES :||1°31′S 37°16′E|
|SEX RATIO :||• Male: 49.90|
• Female: 50.10
|ETHNIC :||Kikuyu 22%, Luhya 14%, Luo 13%, Kalenjin 12%, Kamba 11%, Kisii 6%, Meru 6%, other African 15%, non-African (Asian, European, and Arab) 1%|
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Machakos has a beautiful hilly scenery that is perfect for camping and hiking. This consists of tricky terrain that would challenge any camper. It is also the home town of some of the world's most beautiful sculptures made in Wamunyu. Kaloleni near Ngelani, is famous for "water flowing against gravity". It is located on Kituluni Hill, 12 east of Machakos town.
Machakos was established in 1887, ten years before Nairobi. Machakos was the first administrative centre for the British colony, but they moved the capital of Kenya to Nairobi in 1899 since Machakos was by-passed by the Uganda Railway that was under construction. Town and the county were named after Masaku wa Munyati, an Akamba chief who arrived in the area in 1816 from the around Sultan Hamud..
On 26 March 2001, a fire was set at Kyanguli Secondary School after the final exam results were annulled and payment of their outstanding school fees was demanded. Some 67 people perished in the flames and another 19 were injured, including one of the perpetrators. The two perpetrators, Felix Mambo Ngumbao, 16, and Davies Otieno Onyango, 17, were charged with murder.
Sudan-related peace talks were held in Machakos, resulting in the Machakos Protocol on 20 July 2002.
Machakos open air market. Fruits, vegetables and other food stuffs like maize mbemba, beans mboso, etc. are sold here. Major market days are Mondays and Fridays. One can buy second hand clothes mutumba in the open air market, situated differently from the market marikiti.
Machakos has a number of banks such a Barclays, Equity, Standard Chartered, K-rep, Co-operative and Kenya Commercial in the CBD. It also has the larger administrative offices in lower Ukambani.
Machakos town also has good road infrastructure and town planning. It also has a well planned bus terminal at the heart of the town. There is a bus terminus in Nairobi popularly known as the Machakos Airport. It's a busy place where Buses and Matatus depart for Machakos and Kitui.
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