Kenya: Presidential Running Mates to Face Off in Debate On Monday

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 17, 2017

It is all systems go as eight presidential running mates are expected to face off with one another at Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Karen on Monday.

National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential running mate Kalonzo Muysoka and Jubilee's Deputy President William Ruto said they would not be participating.

In a statement, the candidates including Thirdway Alliance flag bearer Ekuru Aukot and independent candidates Michael Wainaina and Japheth Kaluyu said they can not take part in a debate where they have been divided into two groups (two tiers). We are hoping they will turn up for the debate, "said Waruru".

Yesterday evening, six running mates, Eliud Kariara, Emmanuel Nzai, Joseph Momanyi, Miriam Mutua, Titus N'getuny and Moses Maranga wrote to Debates Media Limited chairman Wachira Waruru indicating they were yet to receive communication on whether there would be a two-tier approach to the debate.

In a statement, The Presidency Secretary of Communication, David Mugonyi, said "Jubilee declined to take part in the debates for well-considered, reasons and made public numerous issues of a fundamental character".

The first presidential debate slated for July 10 was called off after President Kenyatta and NASA Presidential Candidate Odinga protested against the format adding that they had not been involved by the organisers.

On Saturday, he maintained that the debate was on.

It the debate takes place, it will be aired live on all top channels.

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