Report Reveals Top 10 Worst Performing Governors

Nairobi governor Johnson Sakaja was ranked among the worst performing governors with an approval rating of 33.2 per cent, according to a report released by Insight Strategists Solutions (ISS) Africa.

The report ranked the governors according to two parameters namely; development rating and approval rating.

Sakaja, who is a first-term governor, received a development rating of 33.7 per cent and an approval rating of 33,2 per cent. In both parameters, he maintained the 38th position overall.

Development Rating

The three governors who received the highest ranking in terms of development included Cecily Mbarire (Embu), Irungu Kang’ata (Murang’a) and Abdi Hassan Guyo (Isiolo) who scored 65.4 per cent, 62.8 per cent and 60.2 per cent respectively.

Embu Governor Cecily Mbarire at the IBEC meeting at the deputy president’s Karen residence on June 5, 2023.

Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay) and Susan Kihika (Nakuru) followed with a 60 per cent and 59.8 per cent respectively.

On the other hand, the bottom five governors who received the lowest ranking in this parameter included Jonathan Bii (Uasin Gishu), Issa Abdallah Timamy (Lamu), Hillary Barchok (Bomet), James Orengo (Siaya) and Kimani Wamatangi (Kiambu) who scored 16.4, 18.4, 19.2, 20.2 and 22.4 per cent respectively.

The other five include Taita Taveta’s Andrew Mwadime (24.2 per cent), Marsabit Mohamud Ali (30.2 per cent), Wajir’s Ahmed Abullahi (32.4 per cent), Machakos’ Wavinya Ndeti (32.8 per cent) and Sakaja. 

Approval Rating

Mutula Kilonzo (Makueni), Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay), Cecily Mbarire (Embu), Patrick Ole Ntutu (Narok) and Irungu Kang’ata (Murang’a) emerged as the top five governors with an approval rating of 73.8, 70.5, 70.2, 70, and 69.8 per cent respectively.

The bottom five governors included Bii (20.7 per cent), Barchok (22.3 per cent), Wamatangi (23.4 per cent), Taita Taveta’s Andrew Mwadime (28.4 per cent) and Siaya’s James Orengo (30.1 per cent).

Second term governors who received the highest score in terms of development included Julius Malombe, Anne Waiguru, Anyang’ Nyong’o, Muthomi Njuki and Joshua Irungu.

Nonetheless, Malombe and Waiguru maintained the top two positions in terms of approval rating with a 68.4 and 60.2 per cent respectively. 

Lusaka, Benjamin Cheboi and Nyong’o rounded the top five list with a 58.2, 53.7 and 51.2 per cent.

In the case of first-term governors, Mbarire (65.4 per cent), Kang’ata (62.8 per cent) and Guyo (60.2 per cent) received the highest ranking for the development within their regions.

Kilonzo, Wanga and Mbarire, however, received the highest score in terms of popularity among Kenyans with a 73.8 per cent, 70.5 per cent and 70.2 per cent respectively.

Homa Bay County Governor Gladys Wanga making an address during a mentorship camp for girls on March 24, 2023

Photo/Homa Bay Governor

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