The Kakamega County Governor-elect Fernandes Barasa has commended former Senator Cleophas Malala for putting up a spirited fight in the gubernatorial race concluded recently.

Through a message via Facebook post, Barasa noted that he was willing and open to receiving any input from Malala that would spearhead the transformation of Kakamega County for the great people of Kakamega. 

“It is not a contest if you do not have opponents. To our opponents, led by Senator Cleophas Malala, you brought out the best in us. While the best agenda carried the day, our doors will always be open for your input on how to best serve our people.

“I urge our supporters to embrace one another, like brothers and sisters, and together we take Kakamega County forward,” Barasa stated. 

Malala on the other hand conceded defeat to Barasa and lauded IEBC for a fair, free and credible election in Kakamega County. 

“I congratulate governor-elect, Hon. FCPA. Fernandes Barasa and his team for their win. It is deserved and indisputable.

I am ready to offer any part of my manifesto that they may find suitable in their new government for the progress of Kakamega. I also laud IEBC for conducting free, fair, credible, and verifiable elections.

“Not all losses are losses, some are lessons. Time is high for Kakamega County residents, regardless of their political side to rally behind the Governor for the county to realize her full socio-economic potential. We live to fight another day,” the statement reads in part. 

The IEBC declared Barasa the winner after he garnered 192,929 votes while Malala bagged 159,508 votes in the same race.

Source: Kenya leo

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