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H.E Hon .Stephen .K. Sang, Governor, Nandi County

 

PROFILE OF NANDI GOVERNOR, HON. STEPHEN ARAAP SANG

Stephen Kipyego Araap Sang was born on 1st January, 1985in a small village of Chepketemon in Kobujoi location of the then Nandi District.

Sang started school at Kipyaor Primary school in Aldai constituency. He later joined Kapsabet Boys High School where he studied between 1998 to 2002 and scored an A minus.

In 2004, he was admitted as an undergraduate student at the University of Nairobi where he undertook a Bachelors of Law degree.

Upon the completion of his undergraduate studies in 2008, Sang was employed as a program officer Emo Community Development and between January 2010 to March 2011 he became the Executive Director for Rift Valley Development Trust.

Between 2011 and 2013 Sang worked as a legal expert for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It is during this period that he got interested in politics and he in the year 2013 Sang vied for the Nandi Senate seat.

He surprised many when he clinched the United Republican Party (URP) ticket and went on to become the youngest elected Senator in the country.

Sang married Sheila in 2014 and are blessed with three children.

At the Senate, Sang championed for the compensation of residents affected by historical injustices. He went ahead topresent a petition on historical injustices against the Talai clan by the British Colonial government.

In 2015 he was installed as an elder by the Nandi Royal Trust elders led by Kipsutko Koech and Henry Arap Chemoror in appreciation of his efforts in advocating for justice administration to the community.

At the senate he also served as the chairperson of the Sessional Committee on Delegated Legislation, Vice Chairperson of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights and a representative of Kenyan Parliament in the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU).

In December 2015 Sang was unanimously voted to join the House Speaker’s panel after Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen left to become the Deputy Majority Leader.

Sang was also instrumental for the establishment and allocation of resources for the Koitalel Samoei University which was officially launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta in July 2017.

He also boasts of an unmatched legislative record which saw him play a key role in the passage of six bills which include; County Development Boards Act, County Statutory Instruments Bill, County Hall of Fame Bill, County Assembly Services Bill, Office of the County Printer Bill, County Government Amendment Bill, Office of County Attorney Bill and the County Boundaries Review Bill.
The County Development Boards Act popularly known as the ‘Sang bill’ was aimed at establishing a platform for county leaders to work together in prioritizing development projects and ensure that there is no duplication and mismanagement of county funds.
On 8th August 2017, Sang pulled another surprise in the battle for Nandi governorship, and got elected to become the youngest governor in the country at the age of 32.