African politicians are synonymous with extravagance, opulence and showing off. They do these at the expense of tax payers’ money and misappropriation of public funds.
Democracy they say is the government of the people, by the people and for the people, so it means that politicians are just keeping in trust for the people whatever is in their custody while in office. Reverse is the case in most African nations with unprecedented looting of public funds going on.
However, this is not the case for Kericho Governor, Paul Chepkwony, who leads a rare lifestyle – in what many would term as ‘simple’ for a high-status politician of his calibre.
Kericho is the biggest town in Kericho County located in the highlands west of the Kenyan Rift Valley.
In a video released on the Kenyan Historian YouTube channel on Monday, October 4, the governor has only one security officer, one cook, and a gardener.
Unlike other governors, he also drives around in one vehicle without an escort or chase car.
The governor said that he would not go to the extent of being extravagant and moving with many vehicles since he only needs to be in one at any particular moment. He argued that such theatrics are only pulled by people with so much to hide from the public.
“It’s very important that resources must not be wasted. When you have a lot of security around you, you attract enemies because it seems there is something you are hiding.”
“Why do you need so many trail of cars pushing people off the road?” he wondered.
His house, situated in a farmland setting, was built in 1937, according to him.
“No matter how big a residence is, you will sleep in one bedroom and on one bed, the rest of the rooms will be idle. All I need is what is adequate for me,” he stated.
Chepkwony is serving his second term as Governor under the Jubilee party. He noted that during his tenure, he has set a firm foundation for devolution within the county.
Among his notable developments include the building of a network of roads, the building of Early Childhood Development (ECD) classrooms, employing teachers and the construction of water infrastructure.
Before becoming a governor, he was a professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at Moi University. In school, Chepkwony joined the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in 1989 to pursue a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and graduated among top of his class in 1992.
He then pursued a Masters degree in Chemistry at the University of Nairobi from 1993 to 1996.
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