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Barasa launches Kakamega gubernatorial bid, vows to revive Mumias Sugar Company

Sunday, March 6th, 2022 16:50 | By
Former Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETCO) CEO Fernandes Barasa. PHOTO/Courtesy

Former Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO) CEO Fernandes Barasa on Sunday launched his bid for the Kakamega governor seat in the August elections.

Barasa who is seeking to replace retiring Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya in August revealed that he will be seeking the county's top seat on the ODM party ticket.

"I am delighted to have offered myself as a candidate in the 2022 general elections to captain this vessel as the next governor of Kakamega County. My candidature is anchored in the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) under the Azimio la Umoja coalition because our aspirations are well-aligned and secured under this umbrella," Barasa said.

He said that his decision to run for the governor's seat has been triggered by the problems that Kakamega County is facing. One of the problems that he pointed out is the ailing sugar industry that has pushed the region to an economic meltdown.

"There are many low hanging fruits. For instance, this journey will pay special attention to the revival of Mumias Sugar company. That's our jewel, not only in Kakamega but the country" Barasa said.

Under his leadership, the former KETRACO boss has promised to work on seven key pillars that will spur development and address the economic issues in Kakamega. He said that his administration will focus on food security, good governance, hygiene and sanitation, wealth creation, education, infrastructure and social development.

"We are imagining a new Kakamega County so that we can rise and create a model county in Kenya where our children will thrive in dignity. Our effort and ingenuity will prove that indeed devolution works," he added.

He said that he will be able to achieve his promises to the people of Kakamega through sound management of public resources, encouraging innovation, and working alongside regional and international development partners.

Following his official entry into the governor's race, Barasa is expected to compete with Senator Cleophas Malala of ANC, former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale of UDA and former Minister Cyrus Jirongo of UDP who has also shown interest in the seat.

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