The Governor of Homa Bay County

Hon. Gladys was born on March 7, 1981, to John Nyasuna, an astute politician who was a long-serving Councilor and Chairperson in the now-defunct Kisumu County Council, and Grace Olum, a disciplinarian and a hardworking business lady. The first girl and child born of seven brought up in the humble estate of Wang’aya in Kisumu County, Gladys Wanga has overcome many odds to become a woman of firsts.

In 2003, she was elected as the first female Secretary-General of the Student’s Union at Kenyatta University.

In 2013 she was elected as the first Woman Representative for Homa Bay County and re-elected in 2017 unopposed. From 2013 to 2017, she served as a Commissioner in the Parliamentary Service Commission making her the first woman Commissioner from Nyanza Region. In 2015, she was elected as the Orange Democratic Movement Party’s Chairperson for Homa Bay County, a fiercely aggressive position that no woman has ever contested for.

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In 2020 she scored another first when she was appointed Chair of the Finance and National Planning Committee of the Kenya National Assembly, the first woman to hold the position in Kenya.

Wanga attributes her love for politics to her father who made sure she tagged along on his campaign trails from a young age. She attended Kisumu Girls’ High School where she served as the head girl; her advocacy for social justice for fellow students earned her a suspension. In 2005, she married George Wanga; together, they have two children.

Wanga is a holder of a MSc and an BSc in Health Management from Kenyatta University. She served as a project manager at the Trust for African Rock Art and later at Liverpool VCT health for 10 years cumulatively.

After Graduating from Kenyatta University, she embarked on her political journey by engaging in ODM party politics. As she pursued her political career, Gladys gave her fair share of expertise and dedicated time to the party excelling as always. For instance, in the 2017 elections, she headed the Nyanza Presidential Campaign team for the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga. In 2018 she was appointed as Secretary to the ODM Central Management Committee.

Gladys is among the ranking founders who spearheaded the Embrace Kenya movement to popularize the Building Bridges Initiative and the Handshake Between President Uhuru Kenyatta and the People’s President Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga.

Office of the Governor
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H.E Hon. Joseph Oyugi Magwanga -  Deputy Governor
Hon. Joseph Oyugi Magwanga was born on 12th, December, 1966, in Kokwanyo-Kakelo Ward, Kabondo Kasipul Constituency in Homa Bay County. He hold...
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Hon. Martin Opere -  CEC Member for Education, Human Capital Development and Vocational Training
Hon. Martin Opere is a visionary leader with a wealth of experience and a proven track record of transformative leadership in the Education sector....
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Hon. Danish Onyango -  CEC Member Roads, Public Works, Transport and Infrastructure
Hon. Danish Onyango is a dynamic leader, serving as the County Executive Member for Roads, Public Works, Transport and Infrastructure. He come...
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Hon. Solomon Obiero -  CEC Member for Finance and Economic Planning
Hon. Solomon Obiero is a highly accomplished leader serving as the County Executive Committee Member for Finance and Economic Planning. He com...
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Hon. Polycarp Okombo -  CEC Member for Trade, Industry, Tourism, Co-operative Development and Marketing
CPA Polycarp Okombo is a dynamic leader with a wealth of experience and a proven track record of delivering transformative results in various...
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Hon. Grace Mercy Osewe -  CEC Member for Governance, Administration, Communication and Devolution
Hon. Grace Mercy Osewe is a highly experienced leader. She is a management specialist with broad technical knowledge and experience in capacity bui...
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Hon. Dr. John Agili -  CEC Member for Blue Economy, Fisheries, Mining and Digital Economy
Dr. John Agili is a renowned leader and a distinguished public servant currently serving as the County Executive Committee Member in charge of Blue...
Chief Officers
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Isaac Victor Ongiri -  Chief Officer - Administration and Devolution
Isaac Victor Ongiri is the Chief Officer Administration and Devolution in the Executive Office of the Governor under the County Department of Gover...
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Carren Atieno Otieno -  Chief Officer - Public Communication and County Spokesperson
Atieno Otieno is a highly accomplished professional in the field of multi-media and communications, with an impressive career spanning over 17 year...
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Charles Obondo -  Chief Officer - Housing and Urban Development
Charles Obondo brings extensive experience and expertise in urban planning and housing development to the role of Chief Officer for Housing and Urb...
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Diana Anyango Ongere -  Chief Officer - Education and Human Capital Development
Mrs. Diana Anyango Ongere serves as the Chief Officer for Education, Vocational Training, and Human Capital Development in Homa Bay County. With a...
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Ellyas Orondo Oketch -  Chief Officer - Investment
Meet Mr. Ellyas Orondo Oketch, a visionary leader with extensive experience in investment promotion and economic development. Mr. Orondo is dedicat...
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Maxwell Majiwa Omenda -  Chief Officer - Stakeholder Management
Dr. Maxwell Majiwa Omenda is a dynamic expert in health research with strong scientific acumen. With a strong background in research, Mr. Majiwa is...
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Ombok Mildred Judith -  Chief Officer - Agriculture and Livestock
Meet Mrs. Ombok Mildred Judith, a passionate advocate for gender inclusivity and women's empowerment. With rich experience in championing social ju...
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Jack Maurice Obonyo -  Chief Officer - Trade and Industrialization
The Chief Officer for Blue Economy and Fisheries, Mr. Jack Maurice Obonyo, possesses extensive expertise in the field of blue economy and fisheries...
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Collins Onyango Obango -  Chief Officer - Water and Sanitation
The Chief Officer for Water and Sanitation, Collins Onyango Obango, brings extensive expertise in water resource management and sanitation to the r...
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Owino Hannington Day -  Chief Officer - Lands and Physical Planning
Mr. Owino Hannington Day is a dedicated professional with extensive experience in land administration and management. He is committed to...
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Bernard Ouru Nyobange -  Chief Officer - Roads and Transport
Meet Eng. Bernard Ouru Nyobange, a seasoned professional with a wealth of experience in the field of roads and transport. Mr. Nyobange is committed...
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Elijah Obiny Dede -  Chief Officer - Co-operatives Development and Marketing
The Chief Officer for Cooperatives Development and Marketing, Mr. Elijah Obiny Dede, brings extensive expertise in cooperative development and mark...
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Wilson Juma Ochola -  Chief Officer - Economic Planning and Budgets
Meet Mr. Wilson Juma Ochola, a seasoned expert in economic planning and budget management. He brings a wealth of experience and a sharp analytical...
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Bernard Okoth Omwanda -  Chief Officer - Livestock Development
Mr. Bernard Okoth Omwanda is a dedicated professional with a deep understanding of livestock management and development. Mr. Omwanda is committed t...
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Dr. Kevin Dan Osuri -  Chief Officer Public Health and Medical Services
Dr. Osuri serves as the County Chief Officer for Public Health and Medical Services, with a robust background in medicine and public health.
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Alphonce Werah -  Chief Officer Finance and Economic Planning
Alphonce Werah is the County Chief Officer for Finance and Economic Planning. He is an expert in Finance and Administration management. He is from...
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Kennedy Odhiambo Ojala -  Chief Officer Blue Economy, Fisheries, Mining and Digital Economy
Mr. Kennedy Odhiambo Ojala is serving as the county Chief Officer for Blue Economy, Fisheries, Mining and Digital Economy. Mr. Ojala is commit...
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