Kenya's Central Province covers the area around Nyeri to southwest of Mt. Kenya (see maps). It is the ancestral home of, among others, the g.e.m.a communities . According to the 1999 Census the province had a total population of 3,724,159 inhabitants for an area of 13,191 km².
Several new district were created in 2007 in Kenya, including four in Central Province.
|Murang'a South||Kenol Trading Centre|
|Nyandarua South||Engineer Trading Centre|
During Kenya's colonisation by the British, much of the province was regarded as part of the 'White Highlands' for the exclusive use of the settler community. Thus it was prone to a lot of political activity from the local communities who felt that they had an ancestral right to the land. This culminated in the 1950s with the Mau Mau rebellion that saw the region placed under a state of emergency and the arrest of many prominent political leaders.