Politrack, a data and research firm, has ranked Kakamega Governor Ferdinand Barasa as the most influential county boss this year.
Barasa was praised for launching a Governors Cup tournament, a solar-powered market water project, and 4,000 kits for community health promoters.
He boosted youth and women’s empowerment through a beekeeping project, enhanced the shelter program, and expanded the maternity wing at Lugari Sub-county Hospital.
Jonathan Bii and Patrick Ole Ntutu from Isiolo tied for second place in their respective Uasin Gishu counterparts.
The governors of Kisii, Homabay, Muranga, Tharaka Nithi, Nandi, Kwale, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nandi, and Meru were promoted from fourth to tenth position.
The counties’ rankings were determined by the advancements in various sectors such as Trade, Sports, Agriculture, Water, Sanitation, Infrastructure, Health, and Education.
In a survey by Info Trak, Trans Nzoia governor George Natembeya and Homabay county governor Gladys Wanga were ranked as top-performing governors in October this year.
Natembeya and Wanga were tied at 70%, with West Pokot Governor Simon Kachapin closely following with 67%.
Kisii Governor Simba Arati, Irungu Kang’ata, Jeremiah Lomurkai, and Makueni Governor Mutula Kilonzo ranked fourth among the top 25 performing governors at 64%.
A July to August 2023 survey report ranked Elgeyo Marakwet County Governor Wisley Rotich and Embattled Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza as the top two governors.
“New first-term governors including Meru governor Kawira Mwangaza are performing very well and topping the list according to the survey report data,” said Infotrak Chief Executive Officer Angela Ambitho.