Counties in Kenya: List of 2022 elected governors in Kenya

Elected governor, Johnson Sakaja
Johnson Sakaja, Nairobi Governor, elected in August 9,2022 general election

Swearing-in of elected governors in Kenya takes place on the first Thursday of the tenth day after the declaration of election results. This is well stated in the Assumption of the Office of Governor Act 2019.

The act stipulates the formation of the Assumption of the Office of County Governor Committee to spearhead a smooth transition of the county governments. By law in a gazette notice, the committee publishes the date, time and venue of swearing in the governor and deputy governor-elect.

Therefore, the swearing of governors and the deputy governor is a public function that is presided by a high court judge. In accordance with the act, Thursday, August 25, 2022, was the day governors-elect were sworn in office. However, Mombasa and Kakamega governor-elect were missing the list due to delayed elections in those counties.

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List of elected governors in the 2022 general elections

CodeCounty NameGovernor (elected in 2022)Political PartyPrevious Governor (2017-2022)
01MombasaElection to be held laterHassan Joho
02KwaleFatuma AchaniUDA
03KilifiGideon Mung’aroODMAmason Jeffah Kingi.
04Tana RiverDhado GodanaODM
05LamuIssa TimamyANC
06Taita TavetaAndrew MwadimeIndependent
07GarissaNathif Jama ODM
08WajirAhmed AbdullahiODM
09Mandera
10MarsabitMohamud Mohammed AliUDM
11IsoloGuyo Abdi IbrahimJubilee
12MeruKawira MwangazaIndependentKiraitu Murungi
13Tharaka NthiMuthomi NjukiUDA
14EmbuCecily MbarireUDAMartin Wabora
15KituiJulius MalombeWiperCharity Ngilu
16MachakosWavinya NdetiWiperAlfred Mutua
17MakueniMutula Kilonzo JrWiperProf. Kivutha Kibwana
18NyandaruaMoses NdiranguUDA
19NyeriMutahi Kahiga UDAMutahi Kahiga 
20KirinyagaAnne WaiguruUDAAnne Waiguru
21Murang’aIrungu Kang’ataUDAMwangi Wa Iria
22KiambuKimani Wamatangi UDAJames Nyoro
23TurkanaJeremiah LomurkaiODMJoseph Nanok
24West PokotSimon KachapinUDAProfessor John Lunyagapuo 
25SamburuJonathan Lati Lelelit UDA
26Trans-NzoiaGeorge NatembeyaDAP-KChris Wamalwa
27Uasin GishuJonathan BiiUDAJackson Mandago
28Elgeyo-MarakwetWesley RotichUDA
29NandiStephen Sang UDA
30BaringoBenjamin CheboiUDA
31LaikipiaJoshua Irungu UDANdiritu Muriithi
32NakuruSusan KihikaUDA
33Narok
34KajiadoJoseph Ole LenkuODMJoseph Ole Lenku
35KerichoErick MutaiUDA
36BometHillary Barchok UDAHillary Barchok
37KakamegaElection to held laterWycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya
38VihigaWilber OttichiloODM
39BungomaKen Lusaka Ford Kenya Wycliffe Wangamati
40BusiaPaul Otuoma ODM
41SiayaJames Orengo ODM
42KisumuAnyang NyongoODMAnyang Nyongo
43Homa BayGladys WangaODM
44MigoriOchillo AyackoODM
45KisiiSimba AratiODM
46NyamiraAmos Nyaribo UPA
47NairobiJohnson SakajaUDA
List of elected governors during August 2022 general elections

County symbols handed over to the elected governor during a swearing-in ceremony

During the swearing-in ceremony, the elected governor takes and subscribes to the oath or affirmation of office as prescribed in the Assumption of the Office of Governor Act 2019. However, the ceremony should be earlier than 10:00AM and not later than 2:00PM.

It is during this swearing-in ceremony that the governor-elect is handed county symbols by the outgoing governor. The symbols include;

  • The county flag
  • County coat of arms
  • The constitution
  • County public seal.

After receiving these symbols the governor-elect assumes office.

Entry of county governments into Kenya’s administrative system

County governments in Kenya were established by the 2010 constitution of Kenya. The leaders of the counties are elected governors. They are elected alongside other elected leaders.