Liaison to Country:
International Leadership Institute and Eldoret Town Council
Mayor/Governor: Jackson Mandago (Governor), William Rono (Mayor in 2018)
Miles/kms to Minneapolis:
Amongst the popular tourist destinations in Kenya, Eldoret deserves special mention. The beautiful town of Eldoret is located in western Kenya and is also the administrative center of Uasin Gishu District of Rift Valley Province. Located south of the Cherangani Hills, Eldoret is now the fastest growing town in Kenya. It boasts to be the 5th largest city in Kenya today. The name Eldoret is derived from the Massai word 'eldore', which literally means stony river. The river bed of the Sosiani River is very stony, whence the town derives its name. Before the colonial era, the region was occupied by the Sirikwa, the Massai and the Nandi. The town came into being in the year 1910 with the construction of a post office on a site, which was known to the white settlers as Farm 64, 64 or Sisibo. The locals at that time referred to the town as Farm 64 or Sisibo because, the town of Eldoret was 64 miles away from the newly established Uganda Railway railhead, located at Kibigori. The farm was owned by Willy van Aardt. The Central Lounge in Eldoret is all that survives of Willy's farm. In the early 1900s, Eldoret saw a huge arrival of European and Asian inhabitants and traders. When the governor planned to build an administrative center, the Post Office was renamed from 64 to Eldoret, now the official name of the town (1912). Transforming into an administrative center led to advancements in trading activities within the city. A number of shops and banks were constructed. The extension of the Uganda Railway, from Kibigori toward Uganda, reached Eldoret in the year 1924, unleashing a period of prosperity and development. The year 1928 saw the introduction of the piped water supply from the Sosiani River. By the year 1933, Eldoret had a small airport of its own, which followed the construction of low-rental housing. The town, located in western Kenya on the Uasin Gishu Plateau west of the Great Rift Valley, is situated at an elevation of 6,857 feet (2,090 meters) above sea level with a healthy climate that attracts a variety of tourist from Europe. Eldoret is governed by a municipal council. The municipality is divided into thirteen wards. Six of them (Huruma, Kamukunji, Kapyemit, Kidiwa/Kapsuswa, and Stadium/Industrial, Market) are in Eldoret North Constituency, three (Hospital, Kapsoya and Kimumu/Sergoit) are in Eldoret East Constituency, and the remaining four (Kipkenyo, Langas, Pioneer/Elgon View and Race Course) are part of Eldoret South Constituency.