It was known as Nairobi West Constituency at the 1963 elections, but has had its current name since the 1969 elections. Splitting further, Dagoretti is made up of nine Wards, namely: Uthiru/Ruthimitu, Waithaka, Mutuini, Ruruta, Ngando, Gatina, Kawangware, Woodley, and Golf Course. Poverty levels in Dagoretti constituency stands at about 46% with most of the constituents living below the poverty line. It is ranked at position 69 under the poverty ranking for all constituencies, while the income inequality is 36, especially in some of the residential areas such as Kawangware. Kawangware Location of Dagoretti constituency is one of the low-income residential areas where about 60 % of the people of Nairobi live. Before 1963, the Division of Dagoretti was under Kiambu District. The colonial authorities prohibited African Local people to reside in the city unless they were employed. Later after independence, indigenous people took the advantage to live in Dagoretti; it was a rural setting but near Nairobi, they massively came in. The City Council planning powers only covered the area within the city boundaries thus leaving out the rural periphery outside the official boundaries. Therefore, People settled in Dagoretti without any planning intervention at all supporting their livelihood.
Involvement of CAP YEI in Dagoretti
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CAP YEI established a replication center in Dagoretti area and is located at the PC Kinyanjui Technical institution, the center was later relocated to Kangemi Youth Polytechnic. The establishment of this replication center was based on the excellent performance of the Othaya, Thika, Mombasa, and Eldoret replication centres. Dagoretti replication center was purposely situated not only for its strategic ease of access to youth from Dagoretti, Kawangware, and Kibera areas and their environs, but to complement skills training at the PC Kinyanjui technical institute. Dagoretti center has admitted and trained 11 batches of youth since its inception to date. It has already enrolled 257 youth in the second phase, 150 completed training, 81.33% succeeded to be placed in jobs, 136 are in internship, and 10.0% started small businesses.