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 an 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.

Maps of Kenyan counties

Source: maps-kenya-ke.com

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
005 Lamu Issa Timamy ANC
006 Taita-Taveta Andrew Mwadime Independent
007 Garissa Nathif Jama ODM
008 Wajir Ahmed Abdullahi Jiir ODM
009 Mandera Mohamed Adan Khalif UDM
010 Marsabit Mohamud Ali UDM
011 Isiolo Abdi Guyo Jubilee Party
012 Meru Kawira Mwangaza Independent
013 Tharaka Nithi Onesmus Muthomi Njuki UDA
014 Embu Cecily Mbarire 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
021 Muranga Irungu Kangata UDA
022 Kiambu Kimani Wamatangi UDA
023 Turkana Jeremiah Lomurkai ODM
024 West Pokot Simon Kachapin UDA
025 Samburu Jonathan Lati Leleliit UDA
026 Trans-Nzoia George Natembeya DAP-K
027 Uasin Gishu Jonathan Bii UDA
028 Elgeyo-Marakwet Wesley Rotich UDA
029 Nandi Stephen Sang UDA
030 Baringo Benjamin Cheboi UDA
031 Laikipia Joshua Irungu UDA
032 Nakuru Susan Kihika UDA
033 Narok Patrick Ntutu UDA
034 Kajiado Joseph Jama Ole Lenku ODM
035 Kericho Dr Erick Kipkoech Mutai UDA
036 Bomet Hillary Barchok UDA
037 Kakamega Fernandes Odinga Barasa ODM
038 Vihiga Dr. Wilber Khasilwa Ottichilo ODM
039 Bungoma Kenneth Lusaka FORD Kenya
040 Busia Paul Otuoma ODM
041 Siaya James Orengo ODM
042 Kisumu Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o ODM
043 Homa Bay Gladys Wanga ODM
044 Migori Ochilo Ayacko ODM
045 Kisii Simba Arati 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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