After Kenya adopted the new constitution in 2010, it was a historical moment that would pave way for change specifically through separation of powers, protection of the minority groups and devolution.
The devolution breakthrough was thought to be a catalyst for equality and an engine to propel Kenya’s economy.
However, 8 years since the first 47 governors were elected, there have been pertinent issues raised especially concerning how counties’ monies are managed. While some counties appear to be enjoying the fruits of devolution, others are in an appalling state; and this differences emanate from leadership.
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According to a study conducted by Insight Strategies Solutions (ISS) Africa between 7th – 9th September, 2021 a majority of second term governors made it to the top ten list of the best performing county CEOs. This article will feature these outstanding leaders.
1) Professor Kivutha Kibwana (80%)
The Makueni governor has been praised for his efforts in universal healthcare, manufacturing and involvement of the people in decision making.
“There are specific programmes that he has undertaken, most significant the component of UHC and his involvement especially of the public in decision making – these are the major distinct issues that the residents of Makueni feel that Prof. Kibwana has done very well,” stated Ben Mulwa, a governance consultant from ISS.
2). Mwangi Wa Iria (73.4%)
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The Murang’a governor who is currently flexing his political muscles in a bid to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta is hailed for his bargaining efforts in establishing better milk prices for Murang’a people.
The 57 year old studied at Moi University and is currently popularising his party, Usawa Kwa Wote in an attempt to get a share of the millions of Mt. Kenya votes.
3). Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya (71.3%)
The 65 year old efforts in beautification of Kakamega and renovation of roads is tangible. As he prepares to exit the gubernatorial seat, Oparanya who had declared interests in the presidential seat recently pulled down in favour of his party leader Raila Odinga.
Key projects that the University of Nairobi alumnus seeks to cement his legacy with include completion of the Bukhungu stadium and the county’s new referral hospital.
4). Dr. Alfred Mutua (68.9%)
The Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader has been instrumental in uplifting the lives of Machakos people through better healthcare and expansion of road networks.
Aged only 47, Mutua is among second term governors who are twisting and turning in the political wavelengths as they look for the side of well buttered bread ahead of 2022.
5). Stephen Sang (67.2%)
The 36 year old was the first senator of Nandi county before he successfully vied for the gubernatorial seat in 2017. His position on this list means he is the best performing first term governor. The youthful governor studied at Kapsabet Boys High School before pursuing law at the University of Nairobi.
6). Kiraitu Murungi (65.4%)
The Meru governor is an experienced politician who was once exiled and is lionised as one of the leaders who successfully fought for multi-party democracy in Kenya.
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7). Charity Ngilu (64%)
The 69 year old was among the first three female governors to be elected in Kenya in in the 2017 general elections. She recently received both praise and criticism when Kitui county purchased lorries that would help in ferrying livestock to various markets.
Ngilu argued that animals lost weight through the long distances walked to the market places and thus the project would save billions of shillings lost through such.
8). James Nyoro (63.6%)
The Kiambu Governor is an established agricultural economist and was once the policy advisor to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
His rise to the seat of Kiambu governor was effected following the impeachment of Ferdinand Waititu.
9). John Lonyangapuo (63.1%)
The first term governor who elbowed out former West Pokot governor Simon Kachapin in the 2017 elections is known to freely interact with locals especially pertaining decision making.
10). James Ongwae (59.3%)
The second term Governor for Kisii county has been phenomenal in supporting the agriculture sector especially tea and banana farming in Kisii.
Ongwae was elected on an ODM ticket and is an alumnus of Kisii High School. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of Nairobi.