Central Province (Kenya)

Central ( Swahili: Kati to German central) is a province of Kenya. Its capital is Nyeri.

As the name suggests, the province is located in the center of the country, north of the capital Nairobi. The temperatures are lower than in other parts of the country due to the altitude. Central is an important coffee growing area.

Central has about 4.145 million residents. Important sections of the population are Bantu as the Kikuyu, Embu and Meru.

In the period of British colonial rule in Kenya, the area of Central was regarded as White Highlands and settled by white settlers. This met with resistance from the indigenous black population, which was offended their land rights. Thus, the province became the center of the Mau Mau uprising in the 1950s.

Administrative divisions

Central is divided into seven districts: