Fernandes Barasa is a Kenyan politician and the governor of Kakamega county. He was born and raised in Khabondi village, Mumias East constituency in Kakamega County.
His election was among those that did not happen on August 9, 2022 general election.The exercise was postoned twice. However, the postoned election happend Monday, August 29, 2022.
He replaced governor Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya.
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Quick facts about Fernandes Barasa
- Place of birth: Khabondi village, Kakamega County
- Age/ date of Birth: Uknown
- Nationality: Kenyan
- Official Name: Fernandes Barasa
- Martial status: Married to Prof. Janet Nasambu Kassily Barasa
- Father: Unknown
- Mother: The late Mama Philomena Muterwa Barasa
- Children: Four
Fernandes Barasa life history and mothers death
Barasa was born born and raised in Khabondi village, Mumias East constituency in Kakamega County. His mother is Philomena Muterwa Barasa but details about his father are not public. Additionally, thereare no details about his siblings.
On Thursday, October 20, 2022 Fernandes Barasa lost his mother. Her death was announced by Kakamega County Service and Head of Public Service James Ochami.
However, the cause of her death is unknown. She passed on shortly after she arrived at the County General Hospital, where she had been taken for treatment.
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Fernandes Barasa Education background
The governor went to Bungoma for his secondary education at Naitiri high school. He later attended Kenyatta University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce (Accounting). Barasa also holds a Master’s in Business Administration (Finance) still at Kenyatta University. He is also a holder of a Ph.D. in Accounting and Finance.
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The Career path of Governor Fernandes Barasa
The Governor is a member and former chairman of the Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (ICPAK). He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Kenya (FCPA). In addition, he is also a lead auditor and a Certified Public Accountant. Furthermore, he also has a wealth of experience in public finance.
The Governor worked as the treasury manager and later Head of Factories Accounts at the Kenya Tea Development Agency Limited (KTDA). He also worked at Kenya Airways and East African Reinsurance in senior management positions.
Fernandes joined KETRACO in 2010 as the chief finance officer. He also served as the CEO. The Governor then became the managing director of Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO). He was appointed on the 7th of April 2016 with the mandate to implement the second five-year strategic plan and the new structure.
While working at KETRACO he was conferred the Order of Grand Warrior (OGW), an award in recognition of his outstanding distinguished service to the country in various capacities.
Fernandes Barasa was elected governor of Kakamega County in the August general elections under the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), party ticket.
Governor Fernandes Barasa Wife and Children
The governor is married to Prof. Janet Nasambu Kassily Barasa, a lecturer at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST. The governor’s wife holds a Doctorate Degree in Islamic Religion and Culture. She serves as a professor of Religion and Culture in the Department of Social Science Education at Masinde Muliro University.
The couple is the parents of four sons. However, they choose to keep information about their
children on a low key.
Fernandes Barasa Net worth
The Governor has built wealth through the prestigious positions he held in various companies. This can be seen through his foundation, the Fernandes Barasa Foundation. Though not official the governor is estimated to be worth Ksh. 500 million.
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The foundation was started by Dr. Fernandes Barasa in Kakamega after years of engaging with individuals battling socioeconomic challenges. His wife Prof. Janet Barasa is the co-founder and executive director of the foundation.
Through her the foundation has established a women-led program (Team-40), that aims to uplift the lives
of vulnerable, youth, widows, and single mothers in Kakamega.
The Foundation seeks to transform the lives of vulnerable and marginalized members of society through impactful socio-economic programs.
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The reputable foundation has over 300 collaborators with the capacity to support every household through socio-economic programs that promote self-reliance.
The foundation has also helped to issue the young men of Kakamega county with Boda Boda motorcycles to youths and construct houses for the less fortunate.
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