County 49 is a Kenyan political thriller series that follows the political intrigues of the fictional Bwatele County, Kenya’s 49th county and the nation’s breadbasket.

Despite the county’s wealth, its citizens are suffering from the high cost of living and scarce resources. Now against the backdrop of great civilian discontent, a disgraced security officer is compelled to save the new governor and her chief of staff - his estranged wife - from a local terrorist group.

County 49 stars Wakio Mzenge (Selina), Nyokabi Macharia (Country Queen), Ainea Ojiambo (Igiza), Maqbul Mohammed (Crime and Justice), Martin Githinji (Sue na Jonnie), Peter Kawa (Uradi), Benson Ojuwa (Njoro wa Uba), Nick Kwach (Chaguo), Emmanuel Mugo (Igiza), Angela Mwandanda (Selina), Sam Psenjen (County Queen) and more.


The series is produced by Kibanda Pictures, made up of Supa Modo and Crime and Justice director Likarion Wainaina, producer Millicent Ogutu, and Morning After and Country Queen co-director Brian Munene and actor-producer Bruce Makau. Munene also doubles as the show’s writer, alongside Voline Ogutu (Crime and Justice), Mercy Mutisya (Click Click BangToo Early for Birds), and Martin Kigondu, with veteran thespian John Sibi-Okumu as story consultant. 

This week, showmax treated guests to an exclusive screening of the first episode of the new which was hosted by Martin Githinji (who also part of the cast) and was attended by County 49 leadsand other cast and crew members.

The Cast
The Cast

When asked if it was deliberate that the show was being released in an election year, Likarion said, “I’m not a politician, and it (County 49) coming out at such a time has nothing to do with politics. This is simply a story that needed to be told because the issues the show tackles affects all of us.”