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Wycliffe Oparanya
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1st Governor of Kakamega County
In office
27 March 2013 – 15 September 2022
DeputyProfessor Phillip Kutima
Succeeded byFernandes O. Barasa
Minister of State for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030
In office
2008–2013
PresidentMwai Kibaki
Prime MinisterRaila Odinga
Member of the Kenyan Parliament
In office
2002–2013
ConstituencyButere
Personal details
Born
Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya

(1956-03-25) 25 March 1956 (age 66)
Butere, Kenya Colony
Political partyODM
Alma materUniversity of Nairobi (BCom), (MBA)
ProfessionAccountant

Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya (born 25 March 1956) is a Kenyan politician who served as the governor of Kakamega County from 2013 to 2022. He was elected on 4 March 2013 and became the first governor of Kakamega County following promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya in 2010 and subsequently in August 2017, for his second term as the governor. He is, therefore, the pioneer Governor of Kakamega County under the devolved system of governance in Kenya that established 47 counties. He was previously Minister of State for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030 in the government of the late President Mwai Kibaki. He was appointed on 14 January 2019 as the Council of Governors of Kenya chairperson.[1] Wycliffe Oparanya is also the current Ford Kenya Party deputy party leader.[2]

Professional/political career

Oparanya has 23 years experience in local and international Finance Management, Audit and Business Consultancy.[3] He belongs to the Orange Democratic Movement and represented Butere Constituency in the National Assembly of Kenya since the 2007 Kenyan parliamentary election.[4] Oparanya was among ministers appointed by secondment of Prime Minister Raila Odinga from The Orange Democratic Movement party after the prime minister signed the National Accord Act to form a coalition government with the late President Kibaki after the disputed 2007 elections.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Wycliffe Oparanya, Wa Iria new Council of Governors bosses". Daily Nation. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Even ODM Deputy Party Leader, WYCLIFFE OPARANYA, now agrees RUTO may beat RAILA badly in the 2022 presidential contest – Look!". ENews Kenya. Retrieved 23 October 2021.
  3. ^ "The Governor County Government of Kakamega". Kakamega County Government. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  4. ^ Members Of The 10th Parliament Members Of The 10th Parliament at the Wayback Machine (archived 16 June 2008). Parliament of Kenya|accessdate= 19 June 2008
  5. ^ "The Governor County Government of Kakamega". Kakamega County Government. Retrieved 16 January 2019.