The Governor of Kericho County


When Paul Kiprono Chepkwony was born in Ainamoi back in 1970, he perhaps had no idea he would scale the heights of success and even serve the society in a leadership position. There’s however no more linger of doubt as to that noble eventuality. Matter of fact, you can no longer simply refer to him as Paul Chepkwony…that would be an academic felony! So Prof. Paul Kiprono Chepkwony he is, thanks to his well-founded academic moulding at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

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. This having been his dream course and line of profession, was an area in which he had no intention of leaving any stone unturned. Several torturous but effective JKUAT CATS and exams later, Governor Chepkwony 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. As expected, it was not long before he realized he should have not abandoned his first ‘love’, JKUAT. 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.

Prof. Paul Chepkwony was never, and has never been an average thinker. He never settled for less. This enviable trait and hunger for education saw him enroll for a PhD in Organic Chemistry in 1999, once again at JKUAT, which he completed in 2002.

Prof. Paul Kiprono Chepkwony is the first and the current governor of Kericho County…a place reputable for its mass land of green tea foliage among other extensive agricultural activities. The governor, popularly referred to in his home turf with the nickname ‘Timbilwet’, has definitely brought infinite experience and expertise stemming from his extensive knowledge pot to the development of this County. This answer regarding his vision for the County’s prosperity perhaps sums it all, “The County’s economic prosperity must be backed by peace and security and driven by a highly educated, trained and dedicated population.”

The governor is also currently still an Associate Professor at Moi University. Apart from his leadership pragmatism and academic angles, the Professor also has keen interest in areas of research and innovation, himself holding over ten patents to his name on various innovations. His indeed is a story of hard work, dedication and commitment for all Kericho County and the whole nation. The result? A productive individual with a purpose for this generation.

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🕓 Sun, 02-Jun-2019

Happy Madaraka Day. H.E. Prof Paul Chepkwony was honoured to lead Madaraka Day celebrations at the Kericho Green Stadium. We have decided that the county celebrations for public holidays will now be held in the sub counties on rotational basis and we will start by holding Mashujaa Day in Bureti. We call on all leaders on Kericho to work together with us to foster development. The county is now preparing for the KICOSCA Games to be held in August and security will be top notch. 8000 participants will be here in August and we wish to remind our business community to prepare adequately to ensure that these men and women will be comfortable during their one week stay in Kericho

🕓 Thu, 30-May-2019

Kericho Governor H. E. Prof. Paul Chepkwony 30th May chaired an Education Stakeholders meeting at Kericho High School which was attended by the County Commissioner and the County Security Team, school boards of management, religious leaders and school principals. The Governor condemned cases of fire that have been witnessed in some schools and said his administration would work with all the stakeholders to ensure schools would continue to be safe and calm to provide the right environment for studying. He also announced that the County Bursary Fund would be released on June 10th

🕓 Wed, 29-May-2019

Last year in February the first ever cardiac pacemaker implantation procedures were performed at the Kericho County Referral Hospital by a team of doctors from Kericho and the Michigan State University, USA. 12 patients benefitted. Today, I opened the second Cardiology Medical Camp at the hospital which will take place until 3rd June. The free surgeries will be performed by a team of 7 doctors from Kericho, the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital and the University of Michigan and will benefit 20 patients.

This time the operations are bigger and more advanced because the doctors are performing double chamber pacemaker implantations.

As a result of the ongoing training of our staff, one of the surgeries was done exclusively and very successfully by a team of doctors from Kericho and the MTRH. These surgeries have been made possible by the installation of the most modern equipment in our operating theatres and the partnership with the Michigan State University (USA) and my government. 

We wish all the patients a quick recovery and congratulate the doctors on a job well done

🕓 Tue, 21-May-2019

Today the County Government led by County Executive Committee Member for Water, Environment, Forestry and Natural Resources Hon. Geoffrey Ruto launched the County Tree Planting Exercise at Kondamet area in Kipchimchim Ward, Ainamoi Constituency where 3000 indigenous trees were planted. This kicks off efforts by Kericho Governor H. E. Prof. Paul Chepkwony to get rid of Eucalyptus trees planted along riparian areas as well as efforts by the county government to increase the forest cover in Kericho County. The County Government has provided 30,000 seedlings for this purpose. Much gratitude to the Kericho Investors and Business Association for giving 30,000 seedlings and the Kenya Forest Service for giving 10,000 seedlings. Thank you for the partnership! Prof. Chepkwony is calling on Kericho residents to take advantage of the prevailing rains and at least plant one indigenous tree each

🕓 Fri, 17-May-2019

On the sidelines of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Conference in Kisumu County, H.E. Prof. Paul Kiprono Chepkwony was glad to have chaired a panel discussion with County Executive Committee Members of Health from the counties of Kisumu, Isiolo, Nyeri and Machakos to discuss the future of Universal Health Coverage in Kenya and how best it can be rolled out to ensure sustainability and quality health care in our public sectors. The deliberations were candid and brought out ideas that will make the implementation of UHC a success

🕓 Tue, 14-May-2019
H.E. Prof. Paul Kiprono Chepkwony deeply honoured to host the Governor of Kisii H. E. James Ongwae in Kericho as he is officially inaugurated as the patron of the Kenya Inter-Counties Sports and Cultural Association (KICOSCA) Games which will be hosted by Kericho in August. Kericho is ready to host the games, which will involve over 7000 participants and therefore will greatly boost the Kericho business environment.
🕓 Tue, 14-May-2019
H.E. Prof. Paul Kiprono Chepkwony spent the entire afternoon of Sunday May 12 watching Kericho Zoo FC play against Ulinzi FC at the Kericho Green Stadium and he congratulate Zoo FC for winning the match 2-1 despite the heavy rainfall halfway through the game. To congratulate the team and support it, H.E. Prof. Paul Kiprono Chepkwony donated uniforms and football boots for both the main and junior teams. H.E. Prof. Paul Kiprono Chepkwony have encouraged the team to continue searching for young football talents in the county and mold them into professional players. As the County Government, we have already advertised for the laying of the tartan track in the stadium and we are getting ready to erect new pavilions as we prepare to host the KICOSCA Games extravaganza on August. Congrats Zoo Fc #Zoo Mbaaya!
🕓 Fri, 10-May-2019
H.E. Prof. Governor Paul Chepkwony had the honour of a courtesy call by Hon. Amb. Prof. Mark Dybul from Georgetown University, USA today. Amb. Prof. Dybul is a former Executive Director of the Global Fund Program on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria who also served as the U.S Global AIDS Coordinator under the Obama Administration. He is the Faculty Co- Director of the Center for Global Health Practice and Impact and Professor in the Department of Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center, USA. We discussed ways in which we can partner to provide an opportunity to activate opportunities for collaboration with his global networks in the fight against HIV/AIDS and other diseases
🕓 Fri, 10-May-2019
Kericho County is the home of sports champions. Promotion of sports talent development among our young people and strengthening of the sports sector is one of the major priorities of my administration. I have therefore continued to seek partners to support this initiative. Today I held a meeting with UNAIDS Country Director Dr. Jantine Jacobi to discuss sports development and to receive an assortment of sporting gear. This gear will be of enormous benefit to deserving young promising sporting talents in Kericho County.
🕓 Mon, 06-May-2019
H.E. Prof. Governor Paul Chepkwony love teachers. They play a huge role in shaping the future of our children and in the process building our nation's future. This afternoon I interacted with teachers from Kericho Day Secondary School and thanked them for the good job they do on behalf of all teachers in Kericho.
🕓 Mon, 06-May-2019
After a long and thorough process of selection and following the approval of the County Assembly, we have today sworn in the members of the Litein Municipal Board, making it the second Municipal Board in Kericho. The new board has my full confidence and support and we will fully support it to ensure that urban areas in Litein are well planned and organized. I have asked the board members to serve diligently, with integrity and help boost the growth of the Municipality of Litein. In a few weeks we will officially inaugurate it in Litein Town. Congratulations to the members of the Litein Municipal Board. One more member will be sourced from Cheplanget Ward to complete the composition of the Board
🕓 Wed, 01-May-2019
WORKERS' DAY: Today's Labour Day celebrations held at Kericho Green Stadium provided a platform for workers both from the formal and informal sectors to reflect on their performance and welfare at their respective workplaces and chart the way forward. The event which was attended by among others; Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union (KEPAWU) members,Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers (KUDHEIHA),was used by the trade unions to agitate for better remuneration and fair treatment of their members. The unions led by KEPAWU assistant secretary general,Mr.Meshack Khisa announced that they were fully in support of the recommendations of the National Lands Commission(NLC) which among other things give powers to county governments of Kericho and Bomet to decide on land leases to the multinational tea companies and the order for a fresh survey and audit be carried out for land in excess of the size documented in official records be passed on to the counties to hold in trust for the communities. County Executive Committee Member for Public Service Management,Hon.Hellen Chepkwony represented H.E the Governor,Prof.Paul Chepkwony and read his speech which largely reiterated his government's commitment to ensure workers' rights are respected and given their rightful dues.
🕓 Sat, 27-Apr-2019
In the company of Tana River Governor H. E. Dr. Dhadho Godhana, Kericho Governor H. E. Prof. Paul Chepkwony today led homecoming celebrations for athletes from the Lemotit Athletics Training Camp in Londiani Ward. Prof Chepkwony rewarded the athletes following their performance as well as their coach Paul Kemei. The Governor announced that some funds had been allocated towards the acquisition of additional land for use by the Training Camp and that the tender for the laying of the tartan track on the Kericho Green Stadium. He assured the athletes that the county government was serious about breeding sport talents in Kericho.
🕓 Thu, 18-Apr-2019
Kericho Governor H. E. Prof Paul Kiprono Chepkwony and Deputy Governor H. E. Susan Kikwai attended the official commissioning of a newly constructed Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Workshop which has been fully furnished by Godrej Kenya Limited at the Chebigen Center of Excellence in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy. Prof. Chepkwony also launched the National Wezesha Jamii Youth Empowerment Project, which is a CSR activity of Godrej Kenya. He was joined by Godrej Kenya Chief Executive Officer Gaurav Kaushal. Governor Chepkwony also handed over a cheque of Sh2.25 Million to the institution as a capitation of Sh15000 in tuition for each student and signed an MoU for a five year partnership with Godrej Kenya CEO. He thanked Mr. Kaushal for supporting County Government efforts to expand access to vocational training
🕓 Wed, 17-Apr-2019
Kericho Governor H. E. Prof. Paul Chepkwony today handed over a parcel of land acquired by the County Government for the construction of the Kimugu Water Treatment Plant at Duka Moja area near Kericho Town to the contractor. The construction of the treatment plant will take 2 years and will increase the amount of water supplied by KEWASCO from the current 8 million litres a day to 22 million litres. Prof. Chepkwony has called on the contractor to deliver quality work and prioritize the employment of locals for nontechnical jobs

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