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Cleophas Malala’s last prayer before losing Kakamega gubernatorial race

Amani National Congress (ANC) Kakamega gubernatorial candidate Cleophas Malala was a hopeful man on Monday night as polling stations closed in Kakamega County to allow for vote counting and tallying.

In fact, in a tweet, the lawmaker quoted a verse in the bible urging his supporters to keep calm and wait upon the victory assured by God.

“To my supporters, and fellow hustlers, Psalms 46:10. Is my word for you this evening. ‘Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. We are winning this race. Because we serve a living God’,” Malala tweeted.

But on Tuesday his fortunes took a turn for the worse as ODM’s Fernandes Barasa was declared the winner in the hotly-contested battle with 192,929 votes against Malala’s 159,508 votes.

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Malalahas since conceded defeat saying that the election process was free and fair.

“Today, alongside my Deputy, Dr Beatrice Inyangala, Hon. Benjamin Washiali and my wife, Mrs Carolyne Malalah, we wish to thank the residents of Kakamega County for believing in our leadership and voting resoundingly for brand Cleo Malalah. I congratulate governor elect, Hon Fernandes Barasa and his team for their win. It is deserved and undisputable. 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,” Malala said.

“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,” he said.

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On Twitter, this is what Kenyans had to sa:

“Kudos for graciously accepting defeat! You fought a good fight and picked your lessons! Live to fight another day,” @TrumoDeal1 said.

“Try next time champ,” @palmer2451 said.

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“Well done Cleo. I and my fellow hustlers are proud of you,” @lilian_Mbako stated.

“Mmmmm I can’t believe that its gone…. But you fought a good fight mr malala….2027,” @carolinecheboi5 said.

“Thank you for showing leadership, Cleo! Play your cards well there is still room for more of your success Best wishes in future endeavour, Omwami,” @abirice said.

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