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Malaba, Kenya

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Country  Kenya
Elevation  1,180 m
Local time  Sunday 2:16 AM
County  Busia County
Population  7,302 (1999)
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Weather  20°C, Wind E at 5 km/h, 88% Humidity


Malaba, Kenya is a town in Teso North Sub-County, Busia County, Western Province, on Kenya's western border with Uganda. It sits across the Malaba River which forms the international border from Malaba, Uganda.

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Map of Malaba, Kenya

Location

The town is located on the main Nairobi-Kampala highway, approximately 129 kilometres (80 mi), by road, west of Eldoret, the nearest large city. This is about 438 kilometres (272 mi) northwest of Nairobi, the capital and largest city in Kenya. The coordinates of Malaba, Kenya are: 0°38'07.0"N, 34°16'31.0"E (Latitude:0.635278; Longitude:34.275278). The town sits at an altitude of 3,871 feet (1,180 m), above sea level.

Overview

The town sits on the main Bujumbura-Mombasa Road, also known as the Northern Corridor, which connects the capitals of four East African Community countries of Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya to the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa.

A metre gauge railway, operated by the Rift Valley Railways Consortium crosses the border in this town. The standard gauge railway from Mombasa is expected to pass through this town.

Malaba and Busia, both border towns between Uganda and Kenya are used by thousands of truck drivers every day. Many of these drivers spend from a few hours to several days at the border while the trucks are loaded with new goods or while customs processes are cleared. This down time is often spent in the company of commercial sex workers.

Population

The 1999 national population census and household enumerated the population of the town at 7,302.

Border crossing

It is expected that in July 2016, the construction of a one-stop-border-crossing between Malaba, Kenya and Malaba, Uganda will conclude.

References

Malaba, Kenya Wikipedia


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