Nairobi Governor Johson Sakaja has been ranked among the worst performing governors nationwide.
In a survey report conducted by ISS Africa- Kenya, Sakaja was ranked among the bottom ten governors both in terms of development and approval ratings.
In terms of development ratings, Sakaja was ranked number 38 with 33.7%. Also, Sakaja was ranked position 38 with 33.2% in approval ratings.
Machakos Governor, Wavinya Ndeti followed Sakaja in both categories with 32.8% in development ratings and 33.1% in approval ratings.
Bottom 8 in Development
In development ratings, Wajir governor Ahmed Abdullahi was ranked position forty with 32.4% followed by Marsabit Governor Mohamud Ali who scored 30.2%.
“Governors’ Development Rating provided an aggregate of feedback provided by respondents on a scale of 1-5 based on their perception of the performance of respective Governors in regard to all devolved functions including agriculture, water, health, fiscal management,” said the report.
Next in the list is Taita Taveta Governor Andrew Mwadime (24.2%) followed by Kimani Wamatangi of Kiambu with 22.4%.
According to ISS-Africa, “The respondents were proportionally distributed in all 47 counties and all 290 constituencies in Kenya with respect to the population with an overall sample of n=22093.”
Additionally, Siaya Governor James Orengo was ranked number 41 followed by his Bomet counterpart Hillary Barchok with 20.2% and 19.2% respectively.
Also in the list is Lamu County Governor Issa Abdallah Timamy who scored 18.4% and was ranked position 46.
Notably, President William Ruto’s home county, Uasin Gishu, was ranked last with Governor Jonathan Bii scoring 16.4% in development ratings.
Worst Performers in Approval Ratings
Following Governors Sakaja and Ndeti is Mutahi Kahiga of Nyeri County who was ranked position 40 with 32.8%.
“Governor’s Approval Rating sought feedback from respondents on the possibility of re-electing the current Governor in the event elections were called during the period of the poll,”” said ISS Africa-Kenya.
Governor Stephen Sang (32%) and his Lamu counterpart Issa Abdallah Timamy (31%) were ranked 41 and 42 respectively.
Additionally, Governor Orengo was again ranked 43 with 30.1% followed by Governor Mwadime who had 28.4%.
However, the two, who appeared in the worst performers in development ratings, recorded an increase in their percentages.
Further, Governor Wamatangi (23.4%) was ranked 45, followed by Governor Barchok (22.3%).
Governor Bii still ranked last with a score of 20.7%.
Top 10 Governors-Development
Scoring 65.4%, Embu Governor Cecily Mbarire was ranked the best performing in terms of development ratings.
She was followed closely by Murnga Governor Irungu Kang’ata (62.8%) and Abdi Hassan Guyo (60.2%).
“It is important to note that the national averages for both development and approval rating are below 50%, implying that all Governors have their work clearly cut out for them,” said ISS Africa-Kenya.
First term women governors Gladys Wanga of Homabay and Nakuru’s Susan Kihika were ranked fourth and fifth, respectively.
Wanga scored 60% while Kihika has 59.8% to feature in the list dominated by male governors.
Further, Kitui Governor Julius Malombe was next with 59.5% followed by Patrick Ole Ntuntu of Narok who has 59.1%.
Additionally, Council of Governors (CoG) chairperson Anne Waiguru was ranked position eight.
The second term Kirinyanga Governor scored 58.7% and was the last female on the top ten list.
“Notably, women governors have emerged as the best performing both on Development and Approval Rating, with 4 out of the 7 making it to the top ten in both categories, translating to an impressive 57% of all elected women governors making it to the top ten, compared to only 15% of their male counterparts,” read the report.
Also in the list is Kisumu Governor Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o who was ranked ninth with 54.9%.
Tharaka Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki closes the top ten list with 53.2%.