Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has been named the best performing governor in the latest rankings released by Infotrak on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.
According to the survey which considered the governors’ performance in the period 2019/20, amost of the Kenyans say that devolution is working but 15% were disapproving of devolved units.
Oparanya (82.3%) being followed by Kwale’s Salim Mvurya at 77.1%, and Makueni’s Kibwana at 74.4
Kisumu’s Anyang’ Nyong’o came in at number 4 followed by Alfred Mutua (Machakos), John Longangapuo (West Pokot), Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu), Muthomi Njuk (Tharaka Nithi), Josphat Nanok (Turkana), and Hillary Barchok of Bomet closed the top ten list.
The research firm ranked governors based on key service indicators regarding evolved functions such as health, education and agriculture.
Kivutha Kibwana’s Makueni county was ranked as the most improved having jumped from number 40 in the 2015 rating.
Turkana and Kisumu were ranked 16 and 4 having improved from 42 and 27 respectively.
The most dropped were Taita Taveta which fell to number 36 from 9 in 2015, Samburu was named 44 from 21 and Homa Bay which was ranked 39 from 18.
As Nandi County ranked 13, Governor Stephen Sang’s approval ratings were ranked at 19.
The researchers explained that in some counties the input delivery was more satisfactory than the popularity of the area governors.
In other counties such as Mombasa, the people ranked the governor’s approval higher than service delivery.
“You’ll find that some times the leaders are loved for associating with their constituents or either by influence by the media and in some cases, the governor does not resonate with the populace even if the service delivery is satisfactory,” the company explained.
Since then Kenyan politics has been based on personalities as opposed to performance or ideas.