The constitution that came into effect in 2010 implemented the decentralization of power and governance through the creation of 47 counties, each led by a governor. These counties replaced districts, and are composed of both a county executive and assembly. This article presents a list of the 47 counties in Kenya and their codes, including the current governors and their political affiliations.
The governor is the highest-ranking official in the county, with the deputy governor serving as the second-in-command.
As outlined by the 2010 constitution, governors are eligible to run for a maximum of two consecutive terms, each lasting five years.
See also: Names of Senators in Kenya and their Counties.
Counties in Kenya and their Current Governors
Here is an updated list of the 47 counties in Kenya with codes, featuring the names of their current governors, as well as the political parties with which they are affiliated:
|COUNTY CODE||COUNTY NAME||GOVERNOR||PARTY|
|001||Mombasa||Abdullswamad Shariff Nassir||ODM|
|002||Kwale||Fatuma Mohamed Achani||UDA|
|003||Kilifi||Gideon Maitha Mung’aro||ODM|
|004||Tana River||Dhadho Godhana||ODM|
|008||Wajir||Ahmed Abdullahi Jiir||ODM|
|009||Mandera||Mohamed Adan Khalif||UDM|
|011||Isiolo||Abdi Guyo||Jubilee Party|
|013||Tharaka Nithi||Onesmus Muthomi Njuki||UDA|
|015||Kitui||Julius Malombe||Wiper (WDP)|
|016||Machakos||Wavinya Ndeti||Wiper (WDP)|
|017||Makueni||Mutula Kilonzo||Wiper (WDP)|
|018||Nyandarua||Moses Badilisha Kiarie||UDA|
|019||Nyeri||Edward Mutahi Kahiga||UDA|
|020||Kirinyaga||Anne Mumbi Waiguru||UDA|
|024||West Pokot||Simon Kachapin||UDA|
|025||Samburu||Jonathan Lati Leleliit||UDA|
|027||Uasin Gishu||Jonathan Bii||UDA|
|034||Kajiado||Joseph Jama Ole Lenku||ODM|
|035||Kericho||Dr Erick Kipkoech Mutai||UDA|
|037||Kakamega||Fernandes Odinga Barasa||ODM|
|038||Vihiga||Dr. Wilber Khasilwa Ottichilo||ODM|
|039||Bungoma||Kenneth Lusaka||FORD Kenya|
|042||Kisumu||Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o||ODM|
|043||Homa Bay||Gladys Wanga||ODM|
|046||Nyamira||Amos Kimwomi Nyaribo||UPA|
|047||Nairobi||Sakaja Arthur Johnson||UDA|
In the August 2022 General Election, seven women were elected as governors and officially sworn in as leaders of their respective counties. These women are: Susan Kihika of Nakuru, Fatuma Achani of Kwale, Kawira Mwangaza of Meru, Cecily Mbarire of Embu, Wavinya Ndeti of Machakos, Gladys Wanga of Homa Bay, and Anne Waiguru of Kirinyaga.
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