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Northeastern Province, Nyanza Province, new districts, Coast Province, Central Province

For administrative purposes, Kenya is divided into seven provinces (Coast Province, Central Province, Eastern Province, Northeastern Province, Nyanza Province, Rift Valley Province, and Western Province), in addition to the extra-provincial region of Nairobi and its environs. In 1998 the provinces were divided into almost 60 districts (new districts are created frequently due to population growth). The districts are further divided into divisions, which are divided into locations. A commissioner heads each province and district, while a district officer heads each division; chiefs head the locations. All of these officials are under the direction of the president. This system of local government was inherited from the colonial period. Kenya’s districts and municipalities also have elected councils, which raise revenue to provide some local services.



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