Raila skips 2022 presidential debate as Wajackoyah runs

Azimio the Umoja-One Kenya Alliance has once again clarified that its candidate Raila Odinga will not take part in the 2022 presidential debate taking place at the main campus of the Catholic University (CUEA) in Karen.

His press secretary Dennis Onsarigo further announced on Tuesday that the planned public meeting at Jericho Social Hall in Nairobi had been postponed to a later date.

The ODM leader was due to share the podium with Kenya Kwanza presidential candidate William Ruto who confirmed his attendance.

Onsarigo explained that Raila was campaigning in Meru with his running mate Martha Karua who faced his Kenyan counterpart Kwanza Rigathi Gachagua last week.

“We are NOT attending the presidential debate; the town hall’s commitment has been postponed to a later date. We are currently selling our program in Meru County,” Onsarigo said.

His campaign team shared photos of his coronation by elders Njuri Ncheke in Meru. He then addressed a series of meetings in the county pledging to negotiate the reopening of Miraa markets beyond East Africa if elected president.

The secretariat, through Raila’s spokesperson, Prof. Makau Mutua, said on Sunday that they would skip the much-anticipated debate which will be broadcast live by all local media.

Mutua described the DP as a man who has no respect for ethics, public morals or shame in demanding that the debate not focus on corruption, integrity, ethics and governance – the key existential question facing Kenya.

“These issues are at the heart of the Azimio campaign. Any debate without these questions will be an insult to the intelligence of Kenyans,” he said.

“That’s why we have no intention of sharing a national podium with someone who lacks decency. As is well known, our adversary has crossed the country hurling epithets at us and other key national leaders. , including vile and sexist attacks,” he added.

According to Professor Makau Mutua, it would be a colossal mistake to reward Ruto with a national debate.

Roots party presidential candidate Professor George Wajackoyah had also indicated he would miss but made a surprise appearance at the scene.

Wajackoyah maintained that he would only participate if all the contestants lined up together.

He had previously denounced the two-speed format of the debate by the organizers. The first debate which will start at 5:00 p.m. will bring together the leader of the Roots party with David Waihiga Mwaure of the Agano party, while the second scheduled for 7:00 p.m. will pit the favorites, Vice President William Ruto and the leader of the ODM, Raila Odinga.

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