Most Educated Governors in Kenya


Who are the most educated governors in Kenya?

Kenya is determined to achieve the Millennium Development Goals  and as the dream continues to sink deep, Governors have become among the key persons to ensure the dream becomes a reality. Governors are the County CEOs, thus responsible for managing our resources at the County level. With this enormous responsibility, it’s crucial to have   well-educated governors.

In our list, we have listed the most educated governors who also happen to be among veteran politicians.


Professor Anyang’ Nyongo defeated Jack Ranguma to become the governor of Kisumu, one of the three major cities in Kenya. Before he was elected governor, Nyongo was the senator of the same county.

In 1971 Nyong’o completed his undergraduate studies at Uganda’s Makerere University, where he was awarded a 1st class honours degree in political science. He thereafter proceeded to his graduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Chicago, where he obtained his Master’s and PhD in political science in 1977

Before he swam into politics the governor was a top scholar. He had accumulated professional experience spanning over 30 years. Among the institutions he worked for include, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, African Academy of Sciences and the University of Nairobi.

The professor is ranked among the most educated people in Kenya.


Prof. Kivutha Kibwana was born in Mwanyani, a remote part of Nzaui District in Makueni County. He attended Machakos School for his O’ & A’ Levels.

Here are his qualifications:

Alma Mater: Graduate Student ;(MA – Theological Studies) Of  Africa International University.

Graduate Student (SJD) of George Washington University, USA: International Law; International Human Rights Law; Comparative Law; Jurisprudence and Legal Theory.

Graduate Student (LLM) of Harvard University, USA : Anthropological Approaches to Law; International Business Transactions; Labour Law; U.S.A. Constitutional Law; Foreign Investment in Natural Resources.

Graduate Student (LLM) of University of London : Comparative Constitutional Laws of the Commonwealth; Law of Natural Resources Africa South of the Sahara; Principles of Civil Litigation; Jurisprudence and Legal Theory.

Undergraduate Student (LLB.) of University of Nairobi  Upper Second Class Honours


He has been an Spokesperson of National Convention Executive Council (NCEC)  and Associate Professor of University of Nairobi, Dean, Faculty of Law, of University of Nairobi, Senior Lecturer  of University of Nairobi ,Chairman of Department of private law ,Lecturer of University of Nairobi.

Kivutha Kibwana emerged the best in Primary and High school, where he scored 98 out of the possible 100 marks. He is one of the most educated politicians in the country.


Paul Kiprono Chepkwony is also ranked among the most educated governors in Kenya.

Just a year after finishing his secondary education at Kericho High School, Prof. Paul Chepkwony joined Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture in 1989 to pursue a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry. He completed his university education, graduating among top of his class in 1992.

Having completed his undergraduates, Prof. Paul Chepkwony temporarily ‘broke up’ with JKUAT to go and pursue his Masters degree in Chemistry at the University of Nairobi, from 1993 to 1996. The professor therefore joined JKUAT once again in 1995, and the University ushered him back with open arms, this time as an employee, where he served as a graduate assistant from 1995 to 1997. The year 1997 being the time he finished his Masters studies, he continued to serve JKUAT full time, this time as an Assistant Lecturer, from 1997 to 1999.The Kericho governor later enroll for a PhD in Organic Chemistry in 1999at JKUAT, which he completed in 2002.He is now a professor.


DR Joyce Laboso,the current governor of Bomet County humiliated Isaac Ruto in the just concluded general election. She is the most educated governor among her women peers. Her academic excellency started in high school where she passed with distinctions.Below is a summary if her qualifications.

2002 – 2006: Graduate Student at the University of Hull, UK, (PhD gender and language education)

1989 – 1991: Graduate Student at the University of Reading, UK (Masters teaching English as a foreign language)

1984 – 1985: Graduate Student at the Universite Paul Valery, Montpellier, France (Post graduate diploma- French language teaching)

1980 – 1983: Undergraduate Student at Kenyatta University (B.ed (arts) French, Literature and Education)

Secondary School Student at Kenya High School, Nairobi


We can overlook everything about Mutua but we won’t drop our eyes from his CV.Mutua is a resilient politician, who resisted WDM wave to outclass Wavinya Ndeti and emerge victorious. He currently firmly hold the position of Governor for Machakos County.

He was educated at Dagoretti High School (O level) and at Jamhuri High School (A level). He obtained his BA in Journalism from Whitworth College in the United States and his MSc in Communication from Eastern Washington University. He received his doctorate in communication and media from the University of Western Sydney in Australia.


Kiraitu Murungi is one of the most brilliant lawyers in Kenya. The Meru Governor edged out Peter Munya in a fierce contest to win the coveted governor seat.

Kiraitu Murungi was born on 1 January 1952 in Kionyo village, Abogeta division of Meru District in Eastern Kenya. He attended Chuka High School before proceeding to Alliance High School. Murungi graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Nairobi in 1977 and attained a Master of Law in the same university in 1982. He later joined Harvard Law School where he pursued LLM and graduated in 1991


Wycliffe Wafula Wangamati is the current governor for Bungoma County and doubles as the Director of Alexander Forbes.

The governor was among the first Kenyans to pursue Actuarial science, one of the toughest courses in Kenya. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in England