Salim Mvurya Mgala was born in 1970 at Kadzandani village, Kinango District in Kwale County. He is a Kenyan politician and the first and two-term Governor of Kwale county.
Mvurya was recently nominated as the Cabinet Secretary for Mining, Blue Economy, and Maritime Affairs.
Mvurya went to Mavirivirini Primary School in 1979 for his primary school. He later joined Mpeketoni Secondary school in 1987 and did his K.C.S.E exams in 1990.
Salim took his Bachelor’s Degree in Agri-Business Management at Egerton University and graduated in 1996.
He also took a Master’s Degree in Participation, Power, and Social Change from the Institute of Development Studies in England, the UK from the University of Sussex.
Salim went to Arusha’s MS-TCDC where he took further certificates in NGO management.
Salim Mvurya Career Journey
He was appointed as the Acting County Director for Plan Kenya in 2008 and has 17 years of experience in social development and leadership.
Salim has worked in many organizations including Tegemeo Institute for Agricultural Policy and Development which is under Egerton University. He also worked at the Aga Khan Foundation.
Salim Mvurya Mgala Political Career
Mvurya started politics in 2013 when he vied for the seat of Governor of Kwale county under the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), party ticket and won by more than half of the total votes cast. He had Fatuma Achani as his running mate and was vying against political heavyweights like Kassima Rigga Mambo.
In 2017 he became Vice Chairman of the Council of Governors in May 2014. He left ODM in 2016 and joined the Jubilee Alliance and was elected as chairman of the Council of Governors on the 30th of August 2017.
Mvurya was nominated as Cabinet Secretary for Mining, Blue Economy, and Maritime Affairs by president William Ruto.
Salim Mvurya Wife, children and family
The former Governor is married to Christine Mwaka Mvurya who is a community development Practitioner. The couple has two of his sons Abdalla Mvurya and Hassan Mvurya.
Salim Mvurya Makala Net worth
Though not official the Former Governor is estimated to be worth kSh.500 million.
Former Governor Salim Mvurya Achievements
The former Governor is not short of a good record having served for two terms. Under his term over Ksh.52 million was distributed to 509 beneficiary groups across Kwale County. Additionally, more than 200 community-based groups commonly known as Village Savings and Loan Associations for women were trained in financial management and over Ksh. 92 million pushed into the rural women’s economy.
Salim’s administration also dealt with corruption by decentralizing treasury services in each department to promote efficient payment and an automated revenue collection system to enhance accountability.
He also strengthened the fishing economy by purchasing equipment and reviving fish landing sites. In addition, he also provided a ready market for fish.
Farmers from the county during his administration were introduced to new farming methods and given free certified seeds to curb food insecurity in the county.