Editor's Review

Kenyan politicians are in public opinion known to be wealthy owing to the lucrative salaries and perks, as well as interests in various sectors of the country's economy.

Kenyan politicians are in public opinion known to be wealthy owing to the lucrative salaries and perks, as well as interests in various sectors of the country's economy.

The 2010 Constitution created the office of Governor, simply known as the presidents of the devolved units, counties. These individuals control the economies of counties which amounts to billions of shillings, and in several instances, a number of them have ben accused of pocketing a slice of the funds allocated to run their counties.

In this segment, Nairobileo.co.ke takes a look at some of the houses owned by these individuals, both incumbent and former.

Hassan Joho

The Mombasa Governor is among the wealthiest individuals in the country and is known to have a knack for the finer things in life.

From his grooming to the expensive automobiles in his possession, Governor Joho owns a multi-million house in Mombasa.

In 2019, the governor received backlash after economist David Ndii posted an image of Joho's house and contrasted it with the house of one of his constituents which was in a poor state.

The villa oozes elegance and sure befits a 'Sultan' as Joho is referred to as, often.

Okoth Obado

The Migori Governor is as controversial as they come. The governor has two pending cases in court, one where he is accused of murder and the other on corruption charges related to misappropriation of funds at the county.

Governor Obado's house in Migori befits a king. The monstrous house is estimated to have cost Ksh100 million to construct.

Detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) indicated that the home was built by Mbingo Enterprises, one of the dubious firms owned by one of Obado’s accomplices in hi corruption case.

William Kabogo

Located next to the Windsor Hotel, the multi-billion former governor's mansion, which can easily be confused for a 5-star hotel, has breathtaking scenery that anyone can ask for.

The interior decor of the house is to die for complete with expensive furniture. The palatial house itself is made of glass walls and a striking design fit for a king.

Outside, the compound holds a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi and a Helipad ready to receive his chopper every time he flies in.

The lawn is also well-manicured and it is dotted with classy gazebos.

Ali Roba

The Mandera Governor left Kenyans with mixed reactions after images of his two-storey house were circulated online.

The house spots a stunning exterior with an expansive perimeter wall. It literally stands out like a rose in the desert, spotting its grey colour and large American-style windows.

Anne Waiguru

The Kirinyaga governor's mansion is located in Kitisuru, near the International School of Kenya. The luxurious mansion is estimated to be worth Ksh150 million.

Kenyans got a glimpse of the mansion in 2015, when the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission officials stormed her house.

James Ongwae

The Kisii governor owns three houses. Located in Simbauti few meters from Nyansiongo town, Borabu constituency rests one of the governor's mansions.

The luxurious mansion is heavily guarded and only outside images of the house exist.

Mike Sonko

The former Nairobi governor is known to be a wealthy man and never shies away from publicly displaying his knack for the finer things in life, from gold jewelry to designer clothes.

Sonko's house located in Mua Hills is estimated to cost about Ksh150 million.

Evans Kidero

Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero is known to own one of the most expensive and lavish homes in the country.

The former Nairobi City County boss is a wealthy man as evidenced by the list of properties he is associated with as revealed by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC).

The house sits on over an acre of land in the leafy Muthaiga estate, Kiambu County. The design of the colossal home borrows from Roman architecture, complete with cathedral-themed pillars and very high ceilings.

Kidero's mansion has often been described by many as one of the most posh homes in the estate, and can only be rivaled by a few.

The home boasts top-notch security with tall gates, perimeter walls, and ever-present security guards. The compound has a well-manicured lawn with multiple exotic plants that beautify the scenery.

A walk into the compound, one can not miss the brightly coloured bricks marking the walkway across the perfectly manicured lawn, which look like they were laid one at a time, perhaps on a fine summer day.