James Ongwae Biography
James Ongwae was born in Mwamonari Location, Marani District, Kitutu Chache North Constituency, Kisii County in 1952. He is a Kenyan politician and currently the governor for Kisii county. He is a member of Orange Democratic Movement.
James Ongwae 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.
James Ongwae – Education Background
Holds a postgraduate Diploma in Management and Administration from East and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI) among other qualifications.
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He completed his Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from the Institute of Social Studies-The Hague, Holland
He joined the University of Nairobi where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Economics and Government
He attended Kisii High School.
Governor Ongwae attended Itierio Primary School.
James Ongwae – Political Career
Current Political Position
Governor for Kisii county
Coalition Member of Coalition for Reforms and Democracy
Member of Orange Democratic Movement
Previous Political Position
2007 : Aspirant Member of Parliament for Kitutu Chache.
James Ongwae – Public Service and Career
James Ongwae 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.
James Ongwae – Leadership
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.
Governor James Ongwae believes that you cannot grow the economy without carrying the stakeholders with you. In his current term, he will therefore focus on developing institutional frameworks that would lay a strong foundation for a prosperous Kisii County. Of immediate focus is the development of various infrastructures to promote economic growth, creation of job opportunities, tackling poverty, improving educations standards, improvement of healthcare facilities, development of cottage industries and value addition and improvement of agricultural competitiveness.
James Ongwae – Membership
Member of Commission of Adult Education Board,
Member of Commission of Higher Education,
Member of Kenya National Examination Council,
Member of 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).
Member of the Governing Board of Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI) – Arusha, Tanzania for many years
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.
James Ongwae – Family
He is married with four children.