Embu County Profile
Embu County Government headed by H.E Governor Martin Wambora is one of the 47 counties in Kenya which came into operation after the March 4 2013 General Election. As an entity exercising constitutional authority, it is responsible for county legislation (outlined in article 185 of the Constitution of Kenya), executive functions (outlined in article 183), functions outlined in the fourth schedule of the constitution of Kenya, functions transferred from the national government through article 187 of the constitution of Kenya, functions agreed upon with other counties under article 189(2) of the constitution of Kenya, and establishment and staffing of a public service (under article 235 of the Constitution of Kenya). The operations of Embu County Government in line with the fourth schedule of the Constitution of Kenya are:

County planning and development

  • Statistics
  • Land survey, planning and mapping
  • Boundaries and fencing
  • Housing
  • Electricity and gas reticulation and energy regulation

County health services

  • County health facilities and pharmacies
  • Ambulance services
  • Promotion of primary health care
  • Licensing and control of undertakings that sell food to the public
  • Veterinary services (excluding regulation of the profession)
  • Cemeteries, funeral parlors and crematoria
  • Refuse removal, refuse dumps and solid waste disposal

County transport

  • County roads
  • Street lighting
  • Traffic and parking
  • Public road transport

County public works and services

  • Storm water management systems in built-up areas
  • Water and sanitation services

Education and Childcare

  • Pre-primary education, Vocational Training Centres, homecraft centres and childcare facilities


  • Crop and animal husbandry
  • Livestock sale yards
  • County abattoirs (slaughterhouses)
  • Plant and animal disease control
  • Fisheries

Trade development and regulation

  • Markets
  • Trade licences, excluding regulation of professions
  • Fair trading practices
  • Local tourism
  • Cooperative societies

Cultural activities, public entertainment and public amenities

  • Betting, casinos and other forms of gambling
  • Racing
  • Liquor licensing
  • Cinemas
  • Video shows and hiring
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Sports and cultural activities and facilities
  • County parks, beaches and recreation facilities

Pollution, Nuisances and Advertising Control

  • Control of air pollution, noise pollution, other public nuisances and outdoor advertising

Animal control and welfare

  • Licensing of dogs
  • Facilities for the accommodation, care and burial of animals
  • Killing of stray pets

Policy Implementation

  • Implementation of specific national government policies on natural resources and environmental conservation
  • Soil and water conservation
  • Forestry

Fire fighting services and disaster management

Control of drugs and pornography


  • Ensuring and co-ordinating the participation of communities and locations in governance at the local level
  • Assisting communities and locations to develop the administrative capacity for the effective exercise of the functions and powers and participation in governance at the local level