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Athi River (town)

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Country  Kenya
Time zone  EAT (UTC+3)
Population  139,380 (2009)
County  Machakos County
Climate  Cwb
Area  693 km²
Local time  Tuesday 7:42 AM
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Weather  18°C, Wind NE at 11 km/h, 90% Humidity
Neighborhoods  River Park Estate, Milimani, Manyatta

Athi River is a town outside Nairobi, Kenya in Machakos County. The town is named after the Athi River, which passes through. It is also known as Mavoko.


Map of Athi River, Kenya

Athi River hosts the Mavoko Municipal Council and is the headquarters of Mavoko division, which is part of Machakos County. The town's population is 137,211 (2009 census), and it is still growing due to its proximity to the Kenyan capital city of Nairobi.


Mavoko was carved off the Nairobi County Council in 1963, when the latter was disbanded. Mavoko municipality has six wards (Athi River West, Katani, Kinanie/Mathani, Makadara, Muthwani and Sophia). All these wards belong to Kathiani constituency, which has a total of ten wards. The remaining four wards are within Masaku County Council.


The town is relatively industrialised for Kenya. There are six cement factories located within the town: Bamburi Cement, Mombasa Cement, East Africa Portland Cement Company, Savannah Cement, National Cement and Athi River Mining.


The Daystar University has a campus in the town.


Athi River has a railway station built in 1920 along the Uganda Railway, from Mombasa to Kisumu. There is also a new railway station on the Mombasa–Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway.


Athi River (town) Wikipedia

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