Salim Mvurya Mkala
Governor of Kwale County[1]
In office
4 March 2013 – 25 August 2022
DeputyFatuma Mohamed Achani
Personal details
Political partyUnited Democratic Alliance

Salim Mvurya, Salim Mvurya Mkala or Mvurya Salim Mgalla (born 1970) is a Kenyan politician. He became the first governor of Kwale County, Kenya after winning in the 2013 general elections. He vied on an Orange Democratic Movement ticket but later joined the Jubilee Party of Kenya.[2] It was announced on 30 August 2017 that he will be named Chairman of Kenya's Council of Governors. Unfortunately he didn't get to, instead governor Wycliffe Oparanya took over from NANOK.Two of his sons study at the Alliance High School namely Hassan Mvurya and Abdallah Mvurya.


Salim Mvurya was born at Kadzandani Village, Kinango District of Kwale County. He went to Mavirivirini Primary School in 1979 then Mpeketoni Secondary School from 1987 to 1990. He then proceeded to Egerton University for his first degree and graduated with Bachelors in Agri-Business Management in 1996. He holds a master's degree in Participation, Power and Social Change from the Institute of Development Studies, in England, UK.[3] He also has further certificates in NGO management from MS-TCDC in Arusha, Tanzania.


Salim Mvurya has 17 years of social development and leadership experience. In the year 2008, he was appointed to be the Acting Country Director for Plan Kenya. Other organizations he has worked for include the Aga Khan Foundation and Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development (an institute of Egerton University). Some of the programs he implemented were funded by DFID, USAID, Ministries of Foreign Affairs in Netherlands and Finland, and NORAD, Norway.


In the 2013 general elections, Mvurya ran for Kwale governorship on an ODM ticket with Fatuma Achani as his running mate. His rivals were James Dena, Kassima Rigga Mambo, Simeon Mwero Mkalla and Mwarapayo Mohammed Mwachai. Mvurya won by more than half the votes cast.

In May 2014, Mvurya ousted Nairobi governor Evans Kidero to become vice chairman of the Council of Governors.

On 29 September 2014 while at a rally with Raila Odinga in Kinango, Mvurya and Odinga were attacked by an elderly man who hit them on their backs with a stick. The security detail at the rally quickly subdued the man who was later released after it was established that he was mentally unstable.[4]

After several months of speculation, Mvurya announced in September 2016 that he was leaving ODM and that he would run on a Jubilee Alliance ticket in the 2017 general elections.[5] His deputy, Fatuma Achani, had cited interference from other county chiefs in Kwale politics. Rumors had also been rife that senior officers in ODM had conspired to deny him the 2017 ODM ticket for what they termed as his refusal to be loyal to them and also for working with Jubilee.

On 30 August 2017,[6] Kenya's Council of Governors agreed to elect Mvurya as the Council's Chairman.[7]


  1. ^ "List of elected Governors in August 8th Election" (PDF). Capital FM Kenya. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Learn from 2013 poll, IEBC told". The Star. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Former IDS student Salim Mvurya Mgala elected as County Governor in Kenyan elections". Institute of Development Studies.
  4. ^ "'Mentally ill' man whips Raila at Coast rally".
  5. ^ "Jubilee wins big in Coast as Mvurya ditches ODM".
  6. ^ "Governors to elect Salim Mvurya as chairman".
  7. ^ "Jubilee fronts Mvurya for Governors' Chair to smoothen inter-governmental relations » Capital News". 31 August 2017.