Kenya: Kakamega Best Performing County, Survey Reveals

28 October 2020

Kakamega county has been ranked the best performing county in the country in the latest survey report released by Infotrak.

The survey released on Wednesday showed that the county scored an average of 57.2 percent in the delivery of services to its residents, followed by Kwale at 54.8 percent and Makueni in third position at 54.7 percent.

Others are Kisumu at position four with 53.4 percent, Uasin Gishu at five with 53.1 percent and West Pokot at 51.7 percent.

In terms of the performance of individual governors, governor Wycliffe Oparanya topped the list of the best performers at 82.3 percent, followed by Salim Mvurya of Kwale at 77.1 percent and Prof Kivutha Kibwana of Makueni at 74.4 percent.

Others are Prof Anyang' Nyong'o of Kisumu at position four with 65.9 percent, Alfred Mutua of Machakos at 65.1 percent and John Lonyangapou of West Pokot at 64.2 percent.

"In overall, 73 percent of Kenyans fell that devolution has made a difference," said Mark Angela Ambitho, CEO Infotrak.

Kisumu's Anyang' Nyong'o was ranked the best performing first term governor at 65.9 percent, followed by John Lonyangapuo of West Pokot at 64.2 percent and Muthomi Njuki of Tharaka Nithi at 62.6 percent.

Service delivery

"While most county governments spent the nascent period predominantly laying the ground work and planning aptly in order to deliver on the promises, others grabbed the opportunity not only to lay the operating framework, but also to actualise quick wins that have continued to resonate with the public," said Ms Ambitho.

Mr Oparanya was ranked the best performing second term governor at 82.3 percent, followed by Salim Mvurya of Kwale at 77.1 percent and Kivutha Kibwana of Makueni county at 74.4 percent.

The counties were graded on the delivery of key services such as health, agriculture, education, roads, energy and other devolved functions, in a survey conducted between the months of October to December 2019.

"Each County was treated as an individual unit/universe and was allocated a quota sample that ranged between 600 and 2000. All samples were designed at 95% degree of confidence," added and Ambitho.

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