Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong ( Photo Courtesy)
Long seen as one of the least prestigious jobs in the country, teaching profession has nonetheless produced some of the most senior people in Government today.
Before joining politics, a good number of Kenyan Governors worked as teachers. It is the teaching profession that preferred them to take over the mantle of county chiefs.
During their time in the teaching profession, a good number of Governors rose to top positions in the job. So who are these county bosses that once worked as teachers?
1. Sospeter Ojaamong: The Busia County boss worked as a high school teacher where he rose to the position of deputy principal before resigning to plunge into the murky world of politics.
At one point, he worked as ODM leader Raila Odinga's personal assistant before being elected to Parliament in 2002 as Amagoro constituency MP. In 2013, he won the Governor seat.
2. Mutahi Kahiga: The Nyeri Governor also traces his roots to the teaching profession.
In 2017, he left his job as a teacher to join politics where he was picked by Wahome Gakuru as his running mate.
Following the Gakuru's death, Kahiga succeeded him as Nyeri's fourth Governor.
Migori Governor Okoth Obado ( Photo Courtesy)
3. Okoth Obado: The Migori County chief is a teacher by profession. After several years in the civil service, he quit teaching to make a huge plunge into politics.
4. Stanley Kiptis: The Baringo Governor is another one with a teaching background.
Diting his time in the profession, Kiptis was a senior member in matters to do with the teachers union, KNUT.
In 2017, he quit teaching to join the murky world of politics. Against all the odds, he trounced the incumbent Benjamin Cheboi to win the Baringo Governor seat.
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