Kenyan politicians are synonymous with opulence, class,  show off and prestige . This is reflected in their daily lifestyle, as well as that of their family members. From the vehicles they drive, the estates they live in, the houses they own and the clothes they wear.

Since the 2013 General Election that saw the country elect 47 County Governors, the devolution story has been turned into a show of might with each regional head going all out to display their taste through expensive homes.

Although some of the first term (2013 – 2017) Governors failed to successfully defend their seats, they still carry on with that opulence. has compiled a mini-list of some of the expensive homes belonging to former and sitting Governors.

1.) Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru
Waiguru’s mansion is located in Kitisuru, near the International School of Kenya. It 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.

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru’s homeFILE

2.) Migori Governor Okoth Obado
Obado’s home is estimated to have cost a total of Ksh100 million.

The home puzzled many after it was established that not a single coin was paid to the contractor.

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 Obado’s accomplices.

3.) Official residence of Mandera governor
The County Government incurred huge costs in building the two-storey castle-like home for the office of the governor.

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.

An undated photo of the official residence of the Mandera County Governor.FILE

4.) Kisii Governor James Ongwae
Ongwae is a proud owner of three homes. One of his homes is located in Borabu constituency, in an area known as Simbauti few meters from Nyansiongo town.

The home is heavily guarded and one has to go through a number of gates to get to the main house.

In addition, the governor has heavily invested in a dairy farming project where he spends time tending to his cows.

Kisii governor James Ongwae’s homeDAILY NATION

5.) Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho
The governor faced backlash from a section of Kenyans when Economist, David Ndii, posted a photo of his home on Twitter in 2019.

The home, worth billions, fits the description of a palace and is a sure sight for the eyes.

Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho’s mansionFILE

6.) Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo
Kabogo’s multi-billion mansion is located next to the Windsor Hotel in Kiambu County. The house is made of glass walls that are fitted with a striking design.

Outside, the compound holds

a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, a helipad and a well-manicured that is dotted with classy gazebos.

Former Kiambu governor William Kabogo’s home in Kiambu CountyFILE

7.) Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko
Sonko’s mansion is valued at approximately Ksh150 million. It is located on Mua Hills, Machakos County.

The house spots a gold theme on its perimeter wall and has the name ‘Sonko’s Family Farm’ prominently embedded on its front.

The compound has a basketball court, an ostrich pen and a mausoleum of Sonko’s father Kioko Kivanguli.

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko’s mansion in Mua Hills, Machakos CountyFILE

8.) Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero
Kidero’s Muthaiga mansion sits on multiple acres in the leafy suburb. The house borrows its style from Roman architecture, complete with cathedral themed pillars and high ceilings.

By Kenyans