Barasa sworn in as second Kakamega governor – Kenya News Agency

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Fernandez Barasa has been elected second Governor of Kakamega. He succeeds Wycliffe Oparanya who has served his two terms.

Kakamega High Court Presiding judge Dorah Chepkwony administered the oath at Bukhugu Stadium to Fernandez Barasa and his Deputy Ayub Svula.

After being sworn into office, Barasa was awarded the Instruments of Power by Wycliffe Olanya, the outgoing Governor. He also handed over the County Seals, Court of Arms, and County Flag.

Barasa addressed the public with a six-point plan that he would like to keep in mind during his time of service to Kakamega.

He stated that his Administration will place more emphasis on health, food security and wealth creation.

Barasa said he will enhance citizen participation in his administration and initiate a quarterly county leader’s forum to discuss development progress, exchange ideas and avoid duplication of roles.

A host of leaders, including Defence and Ag, witnessed the swearing in ceremony. Devolution Cabinet Secretary, Eugene Wamalwa, Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwalwe, MPs Christopher Aseka (Khwisero), Tindi Mwale (Butere), Bernard Shinali (Ikolomani) among others.

Oparanya, outgoing Governor, said that he had established proper structures during his 10-year tenure as Governor of Kakamega. The incoming Administration will continue building on these structures.

“Today Kakamega County boasts of various accolades that we have received many times, where we have been evaluated by different agencies of repute emerging top among all the 47 counties,” he noted.

He stated that Kakamega continues receiving many visitors from Kenya and around the world who visit to learn and adopt the Kakamega Devolution Model.

“Devolution has demonstrated that with proper planning and accountability, it works for the benefit of the local people by creating employment and accelerating development,” he noted.

Oparanya stated that the main purpose of devolution is to promote democracy, accountable exercise of power, foster national unity through recognition of diversity, give powers to self-governance the people, and increase the participation of the people to exercise power of state.

“Devolution is supposed to recognize the rights of communities to manage their own affairs and to further their development, protect and promote the interests of minority and marginalized communities,” Oparanya noted.

Defense CS stated that Kakamega is the most performing county in the country. They praised the outgoing Governor for laying a solid foundation.

“My brother, you provided leadership in uniting all leaders during your service as the Chairman of the Council of Governors,” Wamalwa noted.

By Moses Wekesa & Ann Otieno

 

Source: kenyanews

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