Kakamega governor, Fernandes Barasa, on Monday, December 5, revealed that several Azimio La Umoja Governors agreed on how to best work with the Kenya Kwanza administration.
Barasa, the chairperson of the strategy meeting, clarified that governors from Western Kenya arrived at a logical conclusion to work closely with the new administration, despite belonging to the opposition.
According to the first-term governor, he had no ulterior motive since the resolution to work with the president was not his own agenda but that of the entire Western regional governors.
“My responsibility as governor of Kakamega is to ensure that there is a mutual collaboration with the national government,” Barasa asserted while addressing the media in his office.
Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa during the unveiling of his County Executive Committee members.
Western Kenya Governors will meet Ruto in Kakamega, on Thursday, December 8, to formally sign the pact detailing their model of operation with the national government.
According to Barasa, Western Kenya Governors would want the President to complete the projects his predecessor, Uhuru Kenyatta, initiated in the region.
However, Barasa dispelled fears that he was on his way to joining Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza Coalition.
“I’m fully in Azimio La Umoja, however, it’s important for us to work with the President so as to bring development to our region,” Barasa added.
He further indicated that Ruto obliged their requests after the parties met on Sunday, December 4.
Barasa called on the members of the public to turn up in large numbers and welcome the head of state on his first tour of Western Kenya.
“This visit should not be misconstrued to mean something else. We have had a meeting with Raila Amollo Odinga on a number of issues, but it’s important that we welcome the President,” Barasa reassured.
Ahead of his visit, the governor asked the President to feel at home and enjoy his tour.
“It’s therefore important to note that we will not be gagged from having a conversation with the president on matters of development,” Barasa added.
Governor Barasa with his deputy Savula in a past political function.