Best performing governors; the jury is out

Written By: Eric Biegon
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Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya addressing the media at the Council of Governors HQ in Nairobi at a past event. Picture Courtesy

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya has been ranked as the best performing county chief in the country. In the latest Infotrak perception survey on the performance of county governments and governors, the Council of Governors’ chair received the highest approval rating as seen against set key performance indicators.  

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In the survey, the research firm sought to ascertain county residents’ assessment on the performance of their elected leaders especially in ensuring a smooth rollout of devolved functions as well as the availability of county government services to the people.

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In the 2019/2020 rankings survey, ODM’s Oparanya led with a score of 82.3 %, followed by Kwale’s Salim Mvurya of JUBILEE with 77.1%, Kivutha Kibwana (WIPER) of Makueni came third with 74.4%, Kisumu’s Peter Anyang Nyongo of ODM garnered 65.9% while Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua (MAENDELEO CHAP CHAP) came fifth with 65.1%.

The governors and their county’s performances were determined by their implementation of devolved functions such as agriculture, health, education, water management, social services, environment, and natural resources amongst others.

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In the area of health, for instance, the key performance indicators included the ability of county governments and county chiefs to make it easier for families to get affordable medical treatment, as well as ensuring that county health facilities have the necessary medical equipment and medicine.

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In all these sectors, Oparanya earned impressive scores.

West Pokot’s John Lonyangapuo came sixth with a score of 64.2 %, his Uasin Gishu counterpart Jackson Mandago is ranked number seven with 63.5%, Muthomi Njuki 62.6%, Josphat Nanok 62.5% and Hillary Barchok 60.6% making the top ten list.

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Others who made it to the top 15 league include Wilber Otichilo (Vihiga) 60.5%,  Mike Sonko Mbuvi (Nairobi) 59.6%, Paul Chepkwony (Kericho) 59.3%,  Alex Tolgos (Elgeyo Marakwet) 59.1%,  and Kisii’s James Ongwae  57.8%.

The survey that was conducted between December 2019 and January 2020 further shows that majority of Kenyans believe that devolution has made a difference.

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