Kakamega is a town in western Kenya lying about 30 km north of the Equator. It is the provincial headquarters of Western Province. It is also headquarters to the Kakamega District which is one of the eight districts of Western Province. The town has a population of 73,607 (1999 census).  Kakamega is 52 km north of Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya and a port city on Lake Victoria.
Local Inhabitants are mostly the Luhya tribe, whose economic activity is mainly farming and fishing. Local companies include the West Kenya Sugar company.
Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology is a new institution of higher learning created by an act of parliament in December 2006 is in the heart of Kakamega town on the Kakamega- Webuye road. It is expected to spur growth in this capital of Western Province.
Kakamega forms a municipality with ten wards (Amalemba, Bukhulunya, Central, Mahiakalo, Maraba, Matende, Milimani, Musaa, Shibiriri and Sichilayi). All of them belong to Lurambi Constituency, which has a total of fifteen wards. The remaining five are located within Kakamega County Council, the rural council of Kakamega District .
Kakamega was the scene of a gold rush in the early 1930's, fueled partly by the reports of the geologist Albert Ernest Kitson.
Kakamega area receives a very high amount of annual precipitation and contains Kakamega Forest, a preserve which is a remnant of a rainforest that stretched west through Uganda.
Bungoma is a town in Western Province of Kenya, bordered by Uganda in the west. Bungoma town was established as a trading centre in the early 20th century. The town is the headquarters of Kenya's Bungoma District and it hosts a municipal council. Bungoma municipality has an urban population of 44.196 and a total population of 60,650 (1999 census).
The major economic activity in the areais farming and business supported by the Kenya-Uganda Railway which passes through the town. Nearby industrial centers are found at Nzoia and Webuye.
Major tertiary educational institutions include the Sang'alo Institute of Science and Technology, Mabanga Farmer's training centre, SACRED Africa and the SACRED Training Institute (both founded by Dr Juma Mukhwana) and Bungoma High school.
The mayor of Bungoma is Barasa Ndinga of Ford-Kenya, who beat the previous mayor Majimbo Okumu pf ODM in the 2009 mayoral election, voted by the Bungoma councillors.
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