Ex-governor Lonyangapuo lands new job in Ruto's government

He will replace David Chumba Chemweno whose appointment has been revoked.


• He will serve in the position for nine months.

• He is the current KUP party leader.

Former West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo is the latest politician to land a state job in President William Ruto's administration.

In a Gazette notice dated March 10, Lonyangapuo has been appointed as the chairperson of the North Rift valley water works development agency.

He will replace David Chumba Chemweno whose appointment has been revoked. 

Lonyangapuo will serve in the position for nine months.

"In exercise of the powers conferred by section 7 (3) of theState Corporations Act, I, William Samoei Ruto, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, appoint...to be the chairperson with effect from March 10, 2023, up to December 3, 2023," reads the notice.

Lonyangapuo is the KUP party leader.

He failed to recapture the seat for his second term losing to UDA’s Simon Kachapin garnering 84,610 votes against 86,476.

His party went ahead to win two seats in the 2022 general election; Kacheliba by Titus Lotee and Pokot South by David Pkosing.

Other poll losers who have been rewarded in the new appointments are Anwar Oloitip, Ali Mbogo and John Konchella.

Mbogo, the former Kisauni MP, has been named LAPSSET Corridor Development Authority Board chairperson for three years while Oloitip who had been shortlisted for the CAS positions has been picked as a board member.

Konchella has been appointed one of the board members of the Kenya Medical Supplies authority for three years.

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