PROFILE: GOVERNOR RACE- Rusana, Obado’s right hand man with Rotterdam’s masters degree on devolution

Migori county government secretary Christopher Rusana


Migori county secretary Christopher Rusana has been seen as governor Okoth Obado’s right hand man ahead of the 2022 general elections where he seeks to be the next county boss.

Only weeks ago, Suna elders picked the him as a flag bearer to beat other established players like Woman Representative Pamela Odhiambo, businessman Philip Mwabe and former Migori MP John Pesa who are vying for the same seat from the area.

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Rusana political rise comes after he got a major boost when Obado’s Director of Administration Dominic Akugo told a church gathering that they had endorsed Rusana as the flag bearer as insiders from the current administration.

“Because I am always a quite person my opponents have been underestimating me. I will seek Obado as among like minded leaders who will help me shape Migori, I will first take my mandate to people,” Rusana told Migori News recently.


Rusana graduated from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in 1994 before he was employed by Public Service Commission in 1996, he went for further studies for a Masters Degree at Erasmus University Rotterdam between 2006 and 2007.

“I worked at Kehancha Municipal council in 2008 and had skills on devolved unit way back before the 2010 constitution was enacted. I am in very familiar waters,” he said.

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Other aspirants who want to declare interest in 2022 governor race are speaker Boaz Okoth, senator Ochillo Ayacko, former Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno, former Nyatike MP Edick Anyanga, US based academician Mark Ogutu and businessman Robert Okong’o.

Rusana will in a year’s time be retiring from Rusana first got employed by the public service commission in 1996 after graduating from the University of Nairobi in 1994.

He was later posted to work as an administrative officer in Migori where in barely a year, he was again appointed to be an acting town clerk in the same county.

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Rusana later left for further studies in Nerthalands at Erasmus University Rotterdam where he did his masters in Urban Management and Development between 2006 to 2007 and was appointed as the town clerk of the then Kehancha Municipal Council in 2008.

His last post was as the Kisumu City manager before he was appointed by the governor in Migori.

The county secretary says that his pet subject or project while at the University was devolution where he majored in studying the managing devolved systems of government, way before Kenya ushered in devolved units in 2010.

“I’m in very familiar waters. Studying devolution and practicing it since I got my first employment has shaped my interest in leadership,” Rusana said.

Thereafter, the 50-year-old went to be a town clerk in Kisumu and immediately after devolution, became the city manager.

Rusana points to Kehancha, Isebania and Rongo bus parks he helped improve long before he became a county secretary and before devolution set in.

Rusana rates his performance and that of the county as above average as he defends claims that since Governor Obado was elected, the county has experienced little change.