Former Homa Bay gubernatorial aspirant Oyugi Magwanga has urged Governor Cyprian Awiti to not mistreat or intimidate his supporters.

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This comes only four days after the two's final faceoff at the Supreme Court where Magwanga had petitioned Awiti's 2017 reelection, a battle that was won by the governor.

The former Kasipul Kabondo lawmaker is now requesting the county boss not to mistreat people thought to be his backers, some of whom he revealed are Homa Bay county employees.

"He (Mr) Awiti’s government must, however, avoid intimidating those perceived to be my supporters including county employees and contractors,” he told the Tuesday Nation.

He added that he is willing to collaborate with the governor on issues beneficial to residents of the county.

He said that he will humble himself and work with his rival in the spirit of handshake initiated by opposition leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta early last year.

“In the spirit of the handshake, we have to support him (Mr Awiti) and still remain open for meaningful discussions for the sake of the county," he said.

Magwanga has since accepted the court verdict and is expected to take another shot at the seat in the 2022 polls.