Kenya: presidential debate set for July 26


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Nairobi – The presidential debate will be held on July 26 ahead of the August 9 elections.

Ahead of that, the Deputy Presidential Debate will take place on July 19, according to the team co-hosting the debate through Media Owners of Kenya (MoA), Media Council of Kenya (MCK) and Kenya Editors Guild. (KEG).

The team is also ready to organize a debate for the candidates for the governorship of Nairobi, all at the Catholic University.

“We are delighted to confirm to the country that these preparations are now in their final stages and today we are announcing key details of the discussions which
all take place this month, July 2022,” Debates Secretariat Chief Clifford Machoka said in a statement.

This year’s debate will also include the Nairobi Governor’s Debate which will take place on July 11.

A statement from the Head of the Presidential Debates Secretariat says that all debates will be held at the main campus of the Catholic University for Eastern Africa (CUEA) in Karen, Nairobi, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

“For the past year, the Media Owners Association, the Media Council of Kenya and the Kenya Editors’ Guild, in partnership with other key stakeholders, have been preparing for the election debates, which have become a tradition in our election cycles since 2013. We We are delighted to confirm to the country that these preparations are now in their final stages and today we are announcing key details of the debates which will all take place this month, July 2022,” Machoka said.

The Secretariat said the Nairobi Governor’s Debate will be held in two tiers, with the first tier featuring gubernatorial candidates whose approval rating, based on three recent opinion polls, is below 5%, while the second tier will involve candidates who voted above 5%. in the same opinion polls.

“In addition to the traditional presidential and vice-presidential debates, we would like to inform the public that this year we will also be having a gubernatorial debate for Nairobi County. This is in recognition of the central place that decentralization has held in our governance and the growing need to ensure greater accountability at the county level,” the statement said.

The debate is organized by the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) and the Publishers Guild of Kenya in partnership with other key players.

The organizers of the debate have urged all presidential candidates to participate in the organized debate to enable Kenyans to better understand their agenda.

The call came even as Vice President William Ruto pledged to sideline debate over alleged unfair media coverage.

his main competitor Raila Odinga of Azimio La Umoja also said he would only attend the debate on Ruto.

According to MOA Chairman Stephen Gitagama, the debate will focus on thematic elections and provide candidates with an opportunity to debate, interact and engage.

“The debate should allow candidates to speak with millions of Kenyans to share their dream, share their vision and what they would like to bring to Kenyans once elected,” he said.

“Furthermore, the debate provides an opportunity for Kenyans to interact to ask questions and create a platform to interact and ask the question of candidates who want to be their president.”

It will be the third televised presidential debate in the country, the first having taken place in 2013.

During the 2017 presidential debate, President Uhuru Kenyatta did not show up.

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