Fernandes Barasa: The “best fit” for Oparanya’s shoes.


Let’s make Fernandes Barasa the next governor Kakamega County.

As the year 2022 knocks bringing news of Kenya’s annual political dispensation, many political contestants and pretenders to thrones surface. Most are little known or heard of, while others have scanty or no details at all on their CV to qualify them to not only vie, but pretend to be vying for certain political seats including the much coveted governorship. A sturdy of all those expected to declare interest in the great Kakamega county gubernatorial seat has revealed lots of colorful traits, real qualifications, and proven arrays of experience in managing public resources and interests.

Of great interest, precisely on top of the qualifications scale is one Fernandes Barasa, current CEO KETRACO (Kenya Electricity Transmission Company).  To help us understand why this great son of Kakamega county, born and raised at Khaunga in Mumias East constituency, worked from his humble background to become one of Kenya’s long serving and trusted CEO’s in the energy sector, Fernandes Barasa can be summed up as one who is ready to take over the reins from outgoing governor Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya.

One of Kenya’s top serving and trusted CEO in the energy sector.

Receiving a trophy form Kenyan President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta.

To say that Fernandes Barasa is one of Kenya’s top CEOs is an understatement, to clarify that he’s serving his second and last term at KETRACO is a clarification of the belief in him being “trusted” in that capacity. For starters, before Barasa took over as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) Limited in August 2015, who knew exactly what that government entity was?.  Okay, prior to his appointment as MD/CEO, FCPA Barasa worked as the Company’s Chief Manager (Finance & Accounts). But we can all agree that its after he took over as CEO that KETRACO hit national headlines and got rated as one of Kenya’s top companies.

Highly learned and qualified individual to take Kakamega County to the next level.

FCPA Barasa attended Naitiri High School (Form 1-4) and proceeded to Kenyatta University for a B. Com (Accounting) and MBA (Finance) degrees. He has a wealth of experience in Public Finance, Risk Management, Change Management and Corporate Governance…all fertile prerequisites for a county governor that can be trusted with county resources.

He is also a trained Lead Auditor in ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems (QMS) and a Fellow of the highly influential Institute. He also served as Accounts Manager, Treasury Manager and later Head of Factories Accounts at Kenya Tea Development Agency Ltd. He also worked for Kenya Airways and East Africa Re in Senior Finance management positions. 

Basing on the above qualifications and experience in public service, we can conclude that FCPA Fernandes Barasa has attained “self-actualization” and is now ready to serve his countyzens as next governor.

Other traits and passions that make Fernandes the Best amidst the rest.

Some of the Beneficiaries of the Barasa Foundation.

1. Undoubted roots and origins: FCPA Fernandes Barasa is a wanga boy born of a humble luhya God fearing family, raised in Mumias East, established in Matungu constituency (both in the expansive Kakamega county), I mean, nobody can doubt his native roots. He’s a son of the county and so fit to serve his people in an elective capacity.

2. Humble mien: Of all probable candidates, FCPA Fernandes Barasa is humble, approachable, understanding, in touch with reality especially what affects the common mwananchi and the nature of solutions to basic problems that make life easier and bearable. He’s one man that has the needs of the people at heart.

3. Can be trusted with county resources: With his level of education, experience, and nature of responsibilities he’s handled during his time in the public service, FCPA Fernandes has proved to be trustworthy and stickler to procedure. It will be a great honor for Kakamega countyzens to trust this great son and brother with their resources. We should also note that if one has ably handled an annual budget of over 40 billion, hell surely handle out county’s 10-15 billion with so much ease.

Got properties in Kakamega town: One other mistake Kakamega town dwellers have been committing is to follow leaders whose only interest is to grab our elective power and use its trapping to develop other towns outside our county like Kisumu, Bungoma, Kitale Nairobi and even Eldoret. Time has come for our town dwellers especially from Kakamega central to consider one who has properties in Kakamega town. A leader who feels the pain landlords, traders, tenants and other town dwellers feel. Its time Kakamega voters chose one who believes in investing and developing our local towns to improve our infrastructure and service delivery around our towns and cities.

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