The 2022 presidential debate will be held on July 26 at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), main campus in Karen, Nairobi, the debates secretariat has announced.
That of the vice-presidents will take place on July 19 at the same place, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., while the debates for the candidacy for the post of governor of Nairobi will take place on July 11.
All proceedings will be broadcast and streamed by all media outlets in Kenya.
Nairobi Governor’s Debate
In a statement on Monday, July 4, the secretariat said the inclusion of the Nairobi governor debate was prompted by overwhelming public interest.
“This is in recognition of the centrality of decentralization to our governance and the growing need to ensure greater accountability at the county level,” said Clifford Machoka, head of the Presidential Debates Secretariat.
The Nairobi gubernatorial debate will have two levels. The first part will concern the candidates whose popularity in the opinion polls is less than 5%. This will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. while the second tier, with candidates above five percent in the polls, will run from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The secretariat has formed a group of editors comprising editors and editors from major media outlets in Kenya to spearhead the generation of content.
The Secretariat has also appointed moderators for the Nairobi Governor’s Debate.
Level one and two debates will be moderated by two presenters/journalists and panel discussions for both debates will be moderated by one presenter/journalist.
The first level moderators are Serfine Achieng Ouma, a news presenter, journalist and program presenter at KBC with over nine years of experience. The second moderator is Ayub Abdikadir, news anchor and editor of K24 with over five years of media experience.
The second-tier moderators are Zubeida Koome, Senior Swahili News Anchor and Program Editor at KTN News, and Mark Masai, Journalist at NTV.
Masai has 15 years of media experience and hosted Press Pass, a weekly TV show that interviewed and critiqued major stories covered by local media.
Koome is a broadcast journalist with 15 years of experience and knowledge in communications, research, scriptwriting, reporting and translation. She is also the current Vice President of the Kenya Editors Guild-KEG.
She has interviewed several heads of state, covered four general elections in Kenya, the enactment of the 2010 constitution and the funerals of two former presidents of Kenya.
“According to the rules of presidential debates, moderators will select the questions to be asked and will not share them with the candidates. They will not meet any of the campaign teams or candidates,” the secretariat said.
The debate is being organized by the Media Council of Kenya (MCK), Media Owners Association (MOA), Kenya Publishers Guild (KEG) and other stakeholders including the church.