Wycliffe Oparanya Biography, Age, Career, Education, Family, And Net Worth

Wycliffe Oparanya steered Kakamega County affairs for ten years before handing over to a new leadership of the current governor, Fernandes Barasa. During his tenure as the governor he was appointed as the Chairperson of the Council of Governors of Kenya.

Prior to his gubernatorial election, Oparanya served as the State Minister for Planning, National Development, and Vision 2030 in the government of the late President Mwai Kibaki.

Oparanya is a strong member of the Orange Democratic Party (ODM) and he has ascended to power twice on the ODM ticket.

Wycliffe Oparanya Age

Oparanya was born on the 25th of March 1956, in Emabole, Butere, Kakamega County in Kenya.

Educational Background

He began his education at the Mabole Primary school, and he then moved to Butere Boys High school for his “O” levels. After that, he moved to Kisii High School where he completed his “A” levels.

After his “A” levels he enrolled in the University of Nairobi where he acquired his MBA in Finance. Additionally, he also acquired his B.Com from the same institute.

Oparanya also holds a Ph.D. from the University of Dar-es-Salaam.


Wycliffe Oparanya Wife and Kids

Oparanya hails from the Luhya community where polygamy is allowed. As a Luhya man, he married two wives, Caroline Mchome Ambetsa and Priscilla Oparanya. Caroline is the first wife and also served as the first lady of Kakamega county.


Oparanya is a certified public accountant and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPK). The veteran politician has a vast experience in local and international Finance Management, Audit, and Business Consultancy.

Following his contribution to the accountant sector, Oparanya is now a Fellow of the Institute of the Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (FCPA). On top of that, he’s also a member of different professional bodies.

Political Career

Oparanya has been in the political field for a while and he has grown to be one of the greatest politicians in the current political era. Oparanya first rose to an elective position in 2007 when he vied for the Butere Constituency parliamentary seat.

Oparanya was lucky enough to clinch the seat, during his tenure as a member of parliament, he was appointed as a Minister by the then Prime Minister and his close friend Raila Amollo Odinga.

This was after Raila agreed to sign the National Accord Act and became a Prime Minister serving under the late President Mwai Kibaki.

After one term as a member of parliament, Oparanya decided not to seek re-election for the position. Instead, he decided to aim for a higher position, the gubernatorial position.

The gubernatorial appointment had just been introduced by the 2010 constitution amendments.

Oparanya vied for the position on the ODM ticket and went on to clinch the seat, becoming the first governor of Kakamega county. Oparanya gained public attention following his position as the governor.

He served for a term of five years before he was re-elected back to the same position in August 2017. By the time he was leaving office in 2022 after completing his two terms as required by the law, Oparanya had made a difference in Kakamega county and he had also established a name for himself.

During his stint, he spearheaded the construction of the famous Bukhungu Stadium which is well-known as a political arena,

Oparanya has been serving as the deputy party leader of ODM, however, the ex-Kakamega governor has not been on good terms with his boss. Despite the conflict, Oparanya has not resigned as the deputy party leader.

Wycliffe Oparanya House

The governor lives in opulence and has one of the best ultra-modern houses in the region. The governor’s home is located in Emabole village in the Butere sub-county of Kakamega county.

The home has a well-manicured green lawn with flowers and trees dotted around adding to its beauty. The is also a concrete perimeter wall around the home to ensure maximum security. Inside the house, the carpet is breathtaking.

It’s an expensive beautiful flowered carpet that resembles a castle. The walls in the living room, which is very spacious, are white in color and the shiny polished grey furniture matching the color of the carpet makes the inside of the house extremely beautiful and expensive.

Wycliffe Oparanya Net Worth

Oparanya is one of the richest politicians in Kenya with a net worth of over Ksh 1.2 Billion including his assets.

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