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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🕓 Fri, 17-May-2019
On the sidelines of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Conference in Kisumu, 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
🕓 Wed, 10-Apr-2019
BUSINESS COMPLIANCE OPERATION: Officials from the county government of Kericho led by County Secretary, Joel Bett and CECMs from all the departments alongside Chief Officers and county directors,today led 'Operation Lipa Ushuru' sensitisation campaign in Kericho town. The operation aims at ensuring that all businesses and other institutions are compliant interms of securing business permits,public health and occupational certificates among other operational documents. The county government officials also listened to the grievances and challenges from the traders which need county intervention to ensure smooth service delivery. All traders are given seven days to obtain the necessary documents and avoid unnecessary inconvenience.
🕓 Fri, 05-Apr-2019
Kericho Governor H. E. Prof. Paul Chepkwony today hosted a security meeting at his office bringing together political leaders and the County Security Team to discuss the security situation in the county. Prof. Chepkwony assured the police that the county government was ready to partner with them by providing vehicles and any other possible logistical assistance to boost police operations and ensure that those involved in the recent crime wave are arrested and brought to book
🕓 Thu, 04-Apr-2019
Kericho Governor H. E. Prof. Paul Chepkwony today penned a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) Board Chairman Prof. Philip Kaloki and Chief Executive Officer Prof. Michael Kiptoo to strengthen cooperation between the two. Following the MOU, KMTC will benefit greatly from the infrastructural development undertaken by the county government to equip health facilities, while the County Government will benefit from training of its medical staff by KMTC which has campuses in Kapkatet and Sigowet. This training will help address any human resource shortfalls and go a long way to enhance service delivery in the health sector. Health CEC Hon. Dr. Shadrack Mutai and County Secretary Joel Bett also attended the event.
🕓 Fri, 29-Mar-2019
YOUTH EMPOWERMENT: Kericho Deputy Governor, H.E.Susan Kikwai,OGW today with officials from the Kenya Youth Employment and Skills(K-YES)program held a consultative meeting at Chepseon Vocational Training Centre where they agreed to widen the partnership network and mobilise more resources towards the facilitation of various youth empowerment programs in the county. The DG emphasized the need to venture into market driven technical courses noting it was the most reliable way of creating wealth among the Kenyan youth. The Chief Officer,Executive Office of the Governor and Ag.CO,ICT,Youth Affairs and E-Government, Anthony Koskei, announced that out of the Ksh.76m conditional grant allocated to Kericho county in support of vocational training centres,Ksh.36m has already been dispatched.

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