Why Nakuru’s Governor Susan Kihika ranks high in opinion polls

Several opinion polls released this week show Nakuru County Governor Susan Kihika as one of the top ten best-performing Governors in Kenya. This is in no way surprising considering the third Nakuru County Governor has lived up to her campaign promises from day one.

Ever since she took over, Nakuru County has experienced a remarkable metamorphosis under her visionary stewardship. Her unwavering commitment to service delivery and the welfare of Nakuru residents has earned her esteemed recognition as one of the top ten most dedicated governors in Kenya in several opinion polls.

Governor Kihika embarked on her journey with a resolute promise during her inauguration – to propel Nakuru County to new heights. Her steadfast dedication to this pledge has translated into tangible improvements in the lives of Nakuru residents, touching upon various critical aspects of development.

Access to Clean Drinking Water, Agricultural Advancements

One of the most pressing challenges faced by the county was the issue of access to clean drinking water. Governor Kihika confronted this challenge head-on, and so far, thousands of residents can now access to this fundamental necessity.

As a person who believes in starting with the low-hanging fruits, the Governor through the water department has rehabilitated or is in the process of rehabilitating hundreds of boreholes around the county. The solarization of these and the new boreholes that have been dug have ensured a steady flow of water on top of embracing green energy. In addition, she has embarked on a massive piping program to ensure last-mile connectivity.

Susan Kihika has embarked on ensuring easy access to water
Susan Kihika has embarked on ensuring easy access to water

Furthermore, her continued support for agriculture has continued to revolutionize the lives of local farmers. The distribution of avocado and pyrethrum seedlings to thousands of farmers promises not only to improve their livelihoods but also to contribute to the county’s agricultural sustainability. Furthermore, she has made subsidized fertilizer readily available to farmers, fortifying the agricultural sector, which plays a pivotal role in Nakuru’s economy.

Susan Kihika’s Infrastructure Development and Healthcare Prioritization

The Governor’s one year in office has been characterized by a hallmark of infrastructure development. Through the Imarisha Barabara program, she has overseen the enhancement and improvement of hundreds of kilometers of rural access roads. This achievement has not only facilitated better connectivity within the county but also opened opportunities for trade and economic growth for rural residents, especially farmers.

Susan Kihika launching a road for rehabilitaion
Susan Kihika launching a road for rehabilitation

Healthcare, a fundamental pillar of any thriving community, has been a focal point of Governor Kihika’s vision. Continuous provision of medicine and equipment to health facilities, coupled with investments in hospital infrastructure, have elevated the quality of healthcare services available to the people of Nakuru. The construction of the Subukia Sub-county Hospital reflects her unwavering commitment to addressing healthcare needs and ensuring that residents have access to quality medical care close to their homes.

Completion of Stalled Projects

Governor Kihika’s approach to governance is marked by pragmatism and inclusivity. Her leadership style embodies a forward-looking mindset, where the focus is on the progress and welfare of the county’s residents rather than political gains. By continuing and completing projects initiated by the previous regimes, she sends a powerful message of a commitment to the greater good of Nakuru County. It is a testament to her commitment to improving the lives of Nakuru people.

Anyone delving deeper into Governor Susan Kihika’s impactful leadership will easily see that her commitment to progress knows no bounds. Her dedication is reflected in key projects and initiatives that have reshaped the county’s landscape and improved the quality of life for its residents.

Construction of Afraha Stadium has moved from 37% to 90% under Susan Kihika
Construction of Afraha Stadium has moved from 37% to 90% under Susan Kihika

Afraha Stadium Transformation and Healthcare Advancements

One of the most remarkable projects under Governor Kihika’s administration is the transformation of Afraha Stadium. This iconic sports facility, which had long languished at a mere 37% completion rate, has experienced a remarkable revival under her leadership, now standing at an impressive 90% completion rate. This turnaround not only underscores her commitment to sports development but also showcases her determination to provide state-of-the-art facilities for the county’s residents and athletes.


Nakuru Governor Susan Kihika tough talk as CECMs and COs sign performance contracts

♬ original sound – Gichinga

Reviving the Olenguruone Hospital Project

In yet another commendable move, Governor Kihika recently ordered the resumption of the stalled Olenguruone hospital project. This decision not only demonstrates her determination to see through crucial healthcare projects but also underscores her dedication to serving the needs of all Nakuru residents, regardless of their location within the county.

Environmental Sustainability, Educational Empowerment, and Youth Empowerment

Susan Kihika’s vision extends far beyond the physical realm of bricks and mortar. She recognizes the paramount importance of education, environment, and youth empowerment. Her administration has enhanced school bursary programs to ensure that needy students gain access to quality education. Recently, a total of Kshs. 177 million was disbursed towards support for the underprivileged access to education.

Her commitment to environmental sustainability has been evident in her relentless efforts to make Nakuru cleaner and greener. Kihika’s advocacy for beautification and conservation initiatives has revitalized the county’s landscape, creating a more pleasant and eco-friendly environment for all its inhabitants. Her administration has been at the forefront of achieving the 15 billion trees to be planted in the country.

In addition, Governor Susan Kihika’s commitment to empowering youth has further solidified her legacy as a dedicated and forward-thinking leader.

To empower the youth of Nakuru, she recently launched a recording studio where Nakuru’s aspiring musicians can record their music. Furthermore, a production hub has been established, teaching Nakuru’s youth practical skills, starting with the textile industry where they are producing clothes. Governor Kihika envisions that in the future, uniforms for Nakuru County government staff will be manufactured locally, providing economic opportunities for the community.

Enhancing Government Accountability

Recently, the governor took a significant step toward enhancing government accountability. All members of her executive signed performance contracts to ensure that every department delivers on its mandate. This proactive approach will ensure that the government remains accountable to the people it serves.

In conclusion, Kihika’s tenure has been marked by dedication, innovation, and an unwavering commitment to the people. Her remarkable efforts have significantly improved the lives of residents, making her a beacon of transformative leadership in Kenya’s political landscape. Nakuru County’s journey to progress and prosperity under her guidance is nothing short of inspiring, demonstrating what visionary and accountable leadership can achieve for a community and its future.

It is, therefore, no surprise that she has been ranked as one of the top performing Governors in Kenya.

Martin Gichinga
Author: Martin Gichinga

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