Wycliffe Oparanya

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Wycliffe Oparanya
Wycliffe Oparanya UNDP HQ 2010.jpg
1st Governor of Kakamega County
Assumed office
27 March 2013
Deputy Professor Phillip Kutima
Member of the Kenyan Parliament
In office
Constituency Butere
Personal details
Born (1956-03-25) 25 March 1956 (age 61)
Butere, Kenya
Nationality Kenyan
Political party ODM
Alma mater University of Nairobi (BCom), (MBA)
Profession Accountant

H.E. Hon. Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya, EGH is a Kenyan politician, and was elected 4 March 2013 and became the first Governor of Kakamega County following promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010. He is therefore the pioneer Governor of Kakamega County under the devolved system of governance in Kenya that established 47 counties. He was previously Minister of State for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030 in government of President Mwai Kibaki. Wyclife Oparanya was born at Emabole in Butere Constituency Western Kenya on 25 March 1956. He attended Mabole Primary School Butere Boys High School and Kisii High School.He then proceeded and acquired Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting option) and an MBA (Finance) from the University of Nairobi and is currently in the process of completing his PhD (Economics) at the University of Dar- es- Salaam, Tanzania.

He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK). He was awarded the prestigious recognition for his contribution to the accounting profession in 2014 and became a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (FCPA). He is also a member numerous other professional bodies. Hon.Oparanya has 23 years experience in local and international Finance Management, Audit and Business Consultancy. - See more at: http://www.kakamega.go.ke/government/excecutive/governor/37-the-governor-of-kakamega-couty#sthash.MAqXK0Sn.dpuf. He belongs to the Orange Democratic Movement and represented Butere Constituency in the National Assembly of Kenya since the Kenyan parliamentary election, 2007.[1] http://www.kakamega.go.ke/government/excecutive/governor/37-the-governor-of-kakamega-couty Oparanya is among Ministers Appointed by secondment of Prime Minister Raila Odinga from The Orange Democratic Movement party after the prime Minister signed the national Accord Act to form a coalition Government with President Kibaki after the disputed 2007 elections.

Before joining politics in 2002, Oparanya worked at the Kenya Aerotec Ltd as Chief Financial Controller. He plunged into politics and successfully captured the Butere seat from Amukowa Anangwe.


  1. ^ Members Of The 10th Parliament Archived 16 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine.. Parliament of Kenya. Accessed 19 June 2008.