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Ongwae hails President Kenyattaa as he receives the Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya (E.G.H.) award .

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Kisii Governor James Ongwae receiving the Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya (E.G.H.) award.

By Brighton Makori.

Kisii county 18 March 2021…………….Kisii county Governor James Ongwae has hailed President Uhuru Kenyatta for finding it better of him to receive the Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya (E.G.H.) award .

Speaking at Kisii county Headquarters on Thursday when he was receiving the commendation Governor Ongwae noted that the medal symbolize the good work he has been doing to the county noting that its such a great honor to him as a person and to the residents of the county of Kisii .

“while executing my duties as Governor, have indeed accorded me a positive atmosphere for excellence and maximum cooperation, as to garner this recognition” He said

The county Boss also sent his gratitude to the Committee of the National Honours and Awards for considering him alongside many other Kenyans for this rare but highly motivating recognition.

Ongwae also retaliated that he will continue participating in different spheres of public engagement and nation building through which he has earned the recognition.

In His speech Governor said that he has transformed Kisii county since he joined the office and now his serving his second term .

” I want to say that my administration has done many development projects including having the best Stadium in this region and many other projects ” He said adding that they have been working closely with the National Government.

Public Service and Career

 He joined the public service as a District Officer rising through the ranks to serve in various capacities including Immigration Officer, Management Analyst,  Director of Civil Service Reform Programme, Permanent Secretary/Director of  Personnel Management(DPM) in the Office of the President, Secretary for  the Teachers Service Commission and  Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture.

The Governor has expertise in Policy formulation, analysis and support, Human Resource Management and Development, Management and Administration, Public administration reform and anti-corruption measures, Institutional Development and Capacity Building, Leadership and Capacity Development, Decentralization, local governance and urban/rural development, Results Based Management and Management Development.

 During his public service tenure he led and spearheaded various government initiatives, served in various government committees and managed various government policy projects. He served in several government boards including: Commission of Adult Education Board, Commission of Higher Education, Kenya National Examination Council, Directorate of Industrial Training, Member of the Council of the University of Nairobi, Member of the Council of Maseno University, Member of the council of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Member of the Council of Egerton University and Associate member of the Kenya Institute of Management (K.I.M).

 Governor Ongwae served as a member of the Governing Board of Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI) – Arusha, Tanzania for many years and Vice-President (East African Region) of the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM), which is an  an International African Management body supported by over twenty (20) African Governments.


Upon retirement in December 2005, Governor James Ongwae continued participating actively in shaping national leadership, development and political agenda. He vied for the Kitutu Chache parliamentary seat during the 2007 and in 2010 he  actively participated in campaigning for the   Kenya Constitution 2010.

 He worked for the Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga’s Presidential Secretariat in 2012 as the Chief Campaign Manager before leaving to run for the Kisii County gubernatorial seat during the March 3, 2013 general elections, which he won with a landslide.

 H.E. Governor James Ongwae was sworn to office on 27 March 2013, thus becoming the first   Governor of Kisii County under the new constitution dispensation and Now he is serving his second time after being reelected.