Top five governors ranked after first 100 days in office
6 months ago, 26 Dec 13:25
A survey conducted by Poll Kenya indicates that Makueni County Governor Kivutha Kibwana had the highest job approval rating during his first 100 days in office. Kibwana who is serving his final term in as a governor had an approval rating of 64 percent. In February 2017, the Makueni governor jumped ship from his Muungano Party to Wiper Democratic Movement. Kibwana was faced by three challengers during his second bid for Makueni governorship, but he managed to retain his seat even while juggling between advancing National Super Alliance (NASA) agenda in the county and campaigning. Kirinyaga’s Anne Waiguru and Prof. Anyang' Nyong’o of Kisumu who have second and third best job approvals at 54 percent and 53 percent respectively. Waiguru and Nyong’o are both new governors elected on August 8. Anne Waiguru had previously served as the Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary. Her tenure was tainted by the National Youth Service (NYS) graft scandal which saw the loss of Sh791 million, with some saying that figure could be as high as Sh1.8 billion. The former minister was forced to resign to pave way for investigations. Waiguru was later cleared by the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) of any wrongdoing in the infamous corruption scandal. Anne Waiguru was also elected the vice-chair of the Council of Governors. She is the first female politician to occupy that position. Professor Anyang’ Nyongo was elected as the Kisumu County Senator in 2013. After his election as Governor in August 2017, Nyong’o refused to use the office occupied by his predecessor Jack Ranguma saying he would not be productive in the premises. Nyong'o, who was among the people who criticised Ranguma for 'running away from electorates' by moving his office from the second to the ninth floor, reiterated that as a Governor, he has to be accessible to the electorates, and that the second floor was more accessible to the people than the ninth floor. During his first month in office, Governor Nyong’o sacked all county ministers and chief officers saying the action was necessary to ensure that there is a smooth transition as he takes over. Among those who were sent home are nine county ministers and 14 chief officers, whom he directed to hand over to directors in their respective departments. Narok Governor Samuel ole Tunai who is serving his second term came fourth with 51 percent. Vihiga Governor Wilberforce Ottichilo who took over from Moses Akaranga was ranked fifth with 50 percent.
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