Kibwezi West Constituency has a number of major markets and urban centres such as Mtito Andei, Sultan Hamud, Emali, Makindu, Machinery and Kibwezi. The total combined urban area in the constituency is over 250 Kms sq. The urban area accounts for approximately 7 percent of the total area All the towns and urban centres except the county capital, Wote, are located along the Mombasa- Nairobi highway, which influenced their emergence, and their economic activities. There are over 500 retail traders and 100 wholesale businesses spread all over the constituency centres dealing in a range of commodities. Most tradable goods include livestock, cereal, building materials and household products.
Kibwezi is home to Emali market, which is among the largest open-air markets in Kenya. Development of modern markets is critical to harnessing the potential of the existing trade. Traders presently carry out their business in open air facilities. The constituency government plans to support this by attracting investors and partnering with the corporate world to improve the business climate by constructing proper markets with all necessary facilities, upgrading of kiosks and provision of street lights. This shall encourage the development of a 24 hour economy as envisaged in the national Vision 2030 by providing security thus enabling businesses extend their hours of operation.
Local Tourist Attractions
Major landmarks and tourist attractions of the area include the Tsavo National Parks, the Chyulu Hills National Park and the world famous Amboseli National Park. The white halo peak of the Mount Kilimanjaro rises clearly to the west and all around to the south stretch miles of Maasai land. This region is in many regards a land of vastness and impressive landscapes, such as the Yatta plateau, the longest lava stream in the world and the baobab country around Kibwezi West.
The Mbui Nzau Hills or White Goat Hills are situated just 5 km from the Kibwezi junction along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway. The hills are customarily famous from the local folk tale of a white goat that used to appear on top of the hills very early in the morning just after sunrise before the arrival of the missionaries.