Tharaka-Nithi County is one of the forty-seven (47) counties in Kenya created by the Constitution of Kenya, 2010.
It is located in Kenya’s former Eastern Province and a home to the Chuka, Muthambi, Mwimbi and Tharaka people of the larger Ameru (Amiiru) community. The minority being Akamba, Ambeere and Aembu; all from the neighbouring counties.
Tharaka Nithi was created after Meru District “Greater Meru” was broken up in 1992 into four districts namely: Meru Central, Meru North, Meru South (Nithi) and Tharaka with later two being combined as one to form Tharaka-Nithi District.
The headquarters of the County is at Kathwana, a site selected for its centrality through consensus by delegates being an intersection of three constituencies (Maara, Tharaka and Chuka/Igamba-ng’ombe).
Kathwana is along the Mate Road Ena and Ishiara en route to Tunyai, Nkubu and Meru.
The major economic activities include tea and coffee planting, subsistence crop farming, subsistence dairy farming and keeping of other livestock such as goats and sheep.
In order to boost trade within and outside the county, Tharaka Nithi like other surrounding counties has joined in formation of Mount Kenya Trading and Economic bloc that will oversee harmonization of tariffs and taxes to boost trade and improve ease of doing business in the region.
There is focused to developing strong ties with surrounding counties especially where they natural resources including Mt. Kenya, Tana River and Meru National Park to maximize benefits derived from these resources.
To enhance sustained social-economic growth through optimal utilisation of resources to improve the quality of life for residents in the county.
A prosperous and citizen focused county.