Tharaka District
Tharaka District is one of the seventy-one districts of Kenya
Districts of Kenya
The provinces of Kenya are subdivided into number of districts .- List of districts of Kenya :Following a High Court ruling in September 2009, there are 46 legal districts in Kenya :Coast Province:...

 located in that country's Eastern Province
Eastern Province (Kenya)
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. The district has an area of 1570 km² and a population of 100,992 (1999 census), none of them classified as urban. In 1998, it was split from the Tharaka-Nithi District , itself formerly part of the larger Meru District
Meru District
Meru Central District is one of the seventy-one districts of Kenya, located in that country's Eastern Province. In 1992, it was split from the large Meru District, along with Meru North District, Meru South District, and Tharaka District....


Tharaka District is the home of the Ameru
The Meru people, or Ameru, are a Bantu ethnic group who mainly inhabit the Meru region of Kenya. They speak Kimîîru language.The Meru people of Kenya should not be mistaken with the Meru of neighboring Tanzania, or Wameru.-Location:...

 (Meru) tribe, which is related to other Bantu tribes living around the Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya
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 region: the Kikuyu and the Embu people
Embu people
The Embu inhabit Embu District in Kenya. They speak Embu language. To the south of Embu are to be found their cousins, the Mbeere people, in Mbeere District. Previously, the Embu and Mbeere were in one district, Embu District, and just referred to as the Embu people. To the east, Embu neighbors...

. The Ameru are generally called "Bantu" people who have been native to the Mt. Kenya area for many, many years — well before colonization of Kenya by Britain
United Kingdom
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 in the 19th Century. The people of Tharaka District are now predominantly Christian
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 — Methodist, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, and other denominations, reflecting the work of missionaries — with also minorities of India
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n descent, who are mainly Hindu
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s, and African/Arab descent, who are Muslim
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s. Tharaka also has some resident Europeans predominantly British in ancestry. tharaka itself one of the several sub-tribes of greater Meru tribe. they have some different tribal and clan systems and rituals that are not common in the other sub-tribes. the tharaka are farmers but also rely a lot on pastoralism; the rearing of cattle, goats, sheep and also poultry. the tharaka are very proud people.

The district headquarters is at Tharaka
Tharaka was a mythological king from Sri Lanka.According to legend, he designed the craft "Dandu Monara", which was able to fly, but he was unable to build it. Instead the king Ravana built it, and stories from Ramayana tell of him using it to abduct queen Seetha from Rama....

(Marimanti). Tharaka district has only one local authority, Tharaka county council and one constituency: Tharaka. The district is divided into three administrative divisions:
Administrative divisions
Division Population* Headquarters
Central Tharaka 38,914 Marimanti
North Tharaka 36,904 Gatunga
South Tharaka 25,174 Chiakariga
Total 100,992 -

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