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Kawira Mwangaza tops the list of top 20 performing governors

Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza has been rated the best-performing governor. According to research by Politrack Africa, the governor’s performance was tracked over the past eight months since she took office.

Governor Mwangaza topped the list with a rating of 53.7%, despite the numerous cases that followed her immediately after being sworn in as Meru’s first governor.

Mombasa’s Abdulswamad Nassir closely followed her with 52.2%.

Murang’a Governor Irungu Kang’ata came third with 50.7 per cent, while Isiolo’s Abdi Hassan Guyo and Elgeyo-Marakwet’s Wesley Kipyegon Rotich tied with 49.8 per cent.

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Of the 20 top-performing governors, only six of the seven female governors elected in August 2022 made the list.

After Ms Mwangaza, Gladys Wanga of Homabay came sixth with 49.3 per cent, while her counterpart in Nakuru, Susan Kihika, came eighth with 47.9 per cent.

Cecily Mbarire, Embu’s first female governor, came 13th with 46.2 per cent, while Kirinyaga’s Anne Waiguru came 16th with 44.9 per cent.

Kwale’s Fatuma Achani was the last female governor on the list at 18th with 44.2%.

Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti did not make the list. Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga was ranked 20th with 43.6%. However, all 20 governors had a ranking above 43 per cent.

Ms Mwangaza survived an impeachment motion against her after only 112 days in office. 67 members of the county assemblies (MCAs) voted to impeach the governor.

The MCAs had accused Mwangaza of nepotism, illegal appointments, illegal dismissals, incitement, harassment, vilification, misconduct in appointing County Executive Committee members and breach of public financial management laws.

But the 11-member committee, led by Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale, said none of the allegations had been proven and even warned MCAs across the country to plan the same against elected governors.

“The MCAs should take this as a lesson. They should not think that every time they wake up and decide that a governor should go, he or she will go. They are not referring the matter to imbeciles but to the Senate, which is a sober upper chamber,” he said.

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