Baringo County Governor
Baringo County Governor:Benjamin Chesire Cheboi
Benjamin Chesire Cheboi, EBS is the first Governor of Baringo County.He belongs to the United Republican Party
Early life and Education
Cheboi was born in 1958 in the then Baringo district.He was educated at Kabarnet Boys High School for both his O levels and A levels. He then proceeded to University of Nairobi to Pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Financing Higher Education from University of Manchester United Kingdom.
Governor Cheboi held the position of Ag. Academic Registrar, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He thereafter worked as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Higher Education Loans Board before being promoted to serve as the CEO of the same institution. In addition he was the first president of the Association of African Higher Education Agencies (AAHEFA). He also served as Commissioner, Commission for Higher Education and Director at the Kenya Institute of Directors.
Following the promulgation of the constitution of Kenya (in 2010), which entrenches devolution, there were calls from several quarters in Baringo County for Cheboi to vie for governorship. As required by law, Cheboi resigned from HELB in September 2013 to run for office.
He chose to vie on a URP ticket. In the party primaries of 17 January 2013, Cheboi trounced his sole opponent, Kiprono Chelugui in five out of Baringo County’s six constituencies. In the 4 March Kenya general election Cheboi won the gubernatorial seat after beating four other candidates. He was sworn into office on 27 March 2013. His popularity and landslide victory is majorly credited with his track record while he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB).
In his campaigns, Cheboi promised to tackle cattle rustling, boost food security through initiation and rehabilitation of irrigation schemes and promote education in the county.
Governor Cheboi has won several awards including Presidential Award, Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS), Kenya Communication Technology Award, BEST executive support for ICT-2008 and World Bank Fellowship to study Master’s in Education
County: Baringo County
Governor’s Name: CHEBOI CHESIRE – URP