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H.E Isaac Ruto, EGH , Governor, County Government of Bomet , First Chairman of the Council of Governors, Kenya

Isaac Kiprono Ruto was elected the first governor of Bomet County in the 2013 Kenyan general elections. He hails from Chepalungu Sub-County, Sigor Ward,  Tumoi area. He studied Political Science at the University of Nairobi and has a wealth of experience in public service spanning three decades.

Isaac Ruto, progressive leader and a firm believer in devolution of resources to the grassroots and bottom-up decision making process, was elected the first chairman of the Council of Governors, Kenya which he served for two terms.  As a parliamentarian, he distinguished himself as a fierce debater and played a major role in the making of the Kenyan 2010 constitution.  During his two terms as Chepalungu MP, he helped set up many schools and constructed many roads in rural areas. He is remembered for the many day secondary schools that he initiated.

As a governor, his signature achievements  so far is improvement of health care in the county, education bursaries for needy students, monthly stipends for the old and people with severe disabilities, improvement of road networks in rural areas, the cheapest AI services in the country and the construction of a modern 3rd largest stadium in Kenya. He is undoubtedly the biggest voice in South Rift and a leading champion of devolution in the country. He is spearheading the ‘Pesa Mashinani’ referendum push that seeks to have 45% of national revenue to counties. He is a fearless and astute politician and has cut himself a niche not only as a defender of the rural poor but one who is keen on improving their fortunes.

 Experience:

POSTPLACE YEAR/MONTH/Duration
GovernorCounty Government of Bomet, County Government of BometApril 2013 – Present
ChairmanCouncil of Governors, Republic of KenyaApril 2013 – May 2015
Member of ParliamentChepalungu Constituency January 2008 – March 2012 (4 years 3 months)
Administration of Justice and Legal Affairs Committee, MemberGovernment Administration industry , Government of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya2007 – 2012 (5 years)
Select Committee on Constitutional Review, MemberGovernment Administration industry, Government of Kenya, Parliament of Kenya / Kenya National Assembly2008 – 2010 (2 years)
Minister of Environment and Natural ResourcesGovernment Administration industry ,Government of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya2002 – 2002 (less than a year)
Member of ParliamentChepalungu Constituency January 1998 – December 2002 (5 years)
Government Assistant MinisterMinistry of Agriculture, Republic of Kenya 1999 – 2001 (2 years)
Assistant MinisterMinistry of Education, Government of Kenya1998 – 1999 (1 year)

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