Kenya Presidential Debate 2017 Set For July 24

Kenya Presidential Debate 2017

President Uhuru Kenyatta Skips Kenya Presidential Debate 2017

Updated: 25.07.2017

President Uhuru Kenyatta skipped the much awaited presidential debate even as his main rival used the opportunity to sell his candidature in a live televised debate.

President Uhuru had a few weeks ago indicated that he would not honour the invite after complaining that the organisers had not involved him to discuss and agree on the format and rules of engagement.

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“The position is that the President is not coming but if he decided to show up, that’s his prerogative,” Jubilee Party Vice President David Murathe told the Standard shortly before the debate kicked off on Monday evening.
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The snub gave NASA Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga an opportunity over one hour in the second phase of the debate that followed an early one attended by three presidential candidates, to lay bare his vision for Kenya.

The NASA leader said his first mission if elected will be to bring down the cost of living, address food shortage, create employment and also control rent.

“It’s my fourth time I am running for the presidency. I represent change. The coalition that nominated me wants to bring change. We want to address mismanagement of the economy,” he said.

Raila accused the Uhuru Kenyatta administration of over borrowing only to steal the same instead of investing in projects that can create jobs.

“Every shilling spent, another is stolen. As NASA we will address the issue of fiscal discipline and create employment.”

When asked about a tallying centre in Tanzania, he responded; “Some things exist in some people’s imagination. Why would someone be worried about a tallying centre even if it is in Germany, the United States or in the moon? Why should it be a matter of concern unless they are planning to rig? Yes we have a tallying centre in Kenya and in Kenya and in the clouds. The law does not stop anyone from having their own tallying centre.”

When asked to justify his constant claim on the use of the military to rig polls, Raila insisted that the experience of 2007 and 2013 and the information he has come across points to the claims saying that all the claims he has made can be substantiated.

“I was a Prime Minister and I used to sit in the security organs. I have information and no one can contradict. It’s not the responsibility of the military to provide security internally without the express authority of parliament. There are 2 million Kenyans who went to the booth and only elected the President. We have said that the military should desist from the temptation of interfering with the results.”

On the controversial issue of rent restriction, Raila insisted that if NASA gets into power, it shall invoke provisions of the Rent Restrictions Act to guard the poor from exploitation even though this is a liberal economy.

“It’s a free market economy yes but we have a law called Rent restriction Act which is meant to address the cost of housing and protect the poor from exploitation. This law has not been implemented. We are going to enforce the law and ensure the [poor are not forced to pay what they can’t afford,” he said.

He hit at President Uhuru over his handling of security matters and insisted that he will withdraw the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) from Somalia.

“If I was a President I will not be watching Formula One in Dubai as Kenyans died under the hands of Al shabaab. I will lead the war from the front,” Raila said adding; “It’s unfortunate that the President should play politics with Kenyans on matters security.”

He was referring to President Uhuru’s claim that the Mpeketoni attack in June 2014 was politically instigated and last week’s claim by Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa that the Lamu attack on PS Mariam El Maawy was work of political leaders and not Al shabaab.

The Opposition leader had earlier challenged the President to agree to debate him after the Debate Commission informed him that there had been no response from Jubilee to what would be or not be acceptable to them in terms of the debate format.

Hussein Mohamed To Moderate Deputy President’s Debate

Updated: 17.07.2017

It has now been confirmed that Deputy President William Ruto will skip the Deputy President’s debate scheduled for tonight at Catholic University.

Jubilee has already stated that President Uhuru will not participate in the Presidential debate, but that can change as the date approaches.

It was probably assumed that Ruto would make an appearance and go head to head with Kalonzo, since he is not known to back out from a challenge, especially on TV.

However, that was thrown in doubt on Friday when the deputy president made a sarcastic comment on Twitter.

His non-attendance was made official on Sunday when Dennis Itumbi revealed that Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wah would be representing Ruto on the podium. The explanation given was that Ruto would be joining the president in Lamu and Tana River counties for the campaigns.

Kimani Ichung’wah later confirmed that he would indeed be the one representing Ruto. He made this post on his Facebook page.

Confirmed. I am very ready on behalf of my Party to face off with Kalonzo Musyoka or any of the NASA principals on behalf of the Deputy President who is engaged in the campaigns at the Coast.
I feel energised to play my civic responsibility to expose their (NASA’s) lack of substance and vision for this country as we expound on the Transformative Agenda 2017-2022.

The likelihood of organizers allowing anyone other than a running mate on that podium is however very slim.

But even with the withdrawals, preparations are already complete. The venue is ready to play host, and the moderators have already been announced.

For the deputy president’s debate, everyone’s favourite Hussein Mohamed will join Fred Indimuli and Sophia Wanuna.

For the presidential debate, the moderators will be Yvonne Okwara, Joe Ageyo and Linus Kaikai.

The organizers have expressed hope that all candidates will show up, but if either one fails to show up, they have a plan for that. Whichever candidate turns up will address the country for 90 minutes, taking questions from the moderators and audience.

If both Ruto and Kalonzo fail to show up, the stations will show the empty podiums for 10 minutes and announce that the candidates have refused to come and account for their actions and tell the country their intentions.

Kenya presidential debate set for July 10 postponed to July 24

Updated: 07.07.2017

The Presidential Debate Steering Committee has announced a postponement of the first presidential debate scheduled for Monday, July 10 to July 24.

In a statement to the press, the committee indicated that the move was to allow consultations with the various campaign teams as well as give time for briefing sessions on the debate format and other logistical details.

The committee was, however, keen to note that the running mates debate would run as scheduled on July 17.

This comes just hours after the High Court sitting in Mombasa dismissed the petition by Abduba Dida seeking to stop presidential debates over claims of exclusion citing lack of merit.

In his ruling, Justice John Mativo, pointed out that the debate organizers had not discriminated against any of the 8 presidential candidates and that they would not suffer any prejudice, if the guidelines published by the organizers were enforced.

The debate that was set to take place at the Catholic University auditorium categorized the candidates into two, for separate debates that will be held on the same day.

Those who attain 5% or less in a popularity opinion poll will participate in the first debate, while those who attain over 5% will take part in the second debate.

This according to the organizers, will enhance quality of debate.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga have since declined to take part in the debates until certain issues on the planning and format of the sessions were addressed.

The Debates Media Limited is however consulting all the candidates and stakeholders to address the concerns raised by the two presidential contenders and has assured Kenyans of a robust, candid and professionally managed debates, that will help the electorate make informed choices at the ballot in 31 days.

Abduba Dida loses bid to stop Kenya presidential debates 2017

Updated: 07.07.2017

The High Court has dismissed a case by presidential hopeful, Abduba Dida, seeking to stop the Presidential debates over claims of exclusion.

High Court Judge, John Mativo, threw out the case by Dida ruling that it lacks merit.

Dida, had moved to court seeking to stop the presidential debates slated for July 10 and 24, 2017.

Dida said that the presidential debates guidelines are discriminatory, in bad faith and contrary to the Constitution of Kenya 2010.

In his petition, Dida said that it is in the interest of justice that all the presidential candidates be afforded same status as by law provided when they are outlining their visions for the country on the 10th and 24 of July 2017.

He said that his rights have been violated specifically for being subjected to guidelines that essentially treat him as a second class presidential candidate.

“A declaration that all presidential candidates are equal with regards to articulating their manifestos and during such public debates,” argued Dida.

The Presidential candidates’ debate is set to take place on July 10 and 24, ahead of the General Election set for August 8.

The sessions will take place from 7.30 pm at Catholic University of Eastern Africa. The running mates’ debate will take place on July 17 at the same time.

The debates are aimed at helping voters make informed choices, promoting national cohesion and steering campaigns towards the quality of leadership rather than personalities.

The debate is organized by Debates Media Ltd, a consortium of several Kenyan media houses.

On Tuesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Jubilee and his National Super Alliance (NASA) challenger, Raila Odinga, said that they would skip the presidential debates arguing that the proposed format was not reached through consultations.

President Uhuru Kenyatta opts out of July 10, Presidential Debate

Updated: 07.05.2017

President Uhuru Kenyatta will not attend the planned presidential debates, Jubilee Party officials have said.

Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju said no one has contacted the party or State House regarding the debates.

“We just see advertisement in the media. We do not know the organisers. We have not been contacted or told what the ground rules are.

“The president won’t attend a debate that smells of conmanship,” he said.

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Kenya Presidential Debate 2017

Kenya Presidential Debate 2017: Media houses in Kenya will host three presidential debates one month to the August General Election. The debates will be held on different dates in July. The first debate for presidential candidates will be held on July 10. A debate for running mates will follow on July 17 while the third and final presidential debate will be held on July 24.

All the debates will be held at Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi at 7.30pm and will be aired by all participating media houses on television and radio stations.

The American-style debates will see the candidates reach out to the widest possible audience to explain how they would govern Kenya if elected.

They are aimed at helping voters make informed choices, promoting national cohesion and steering campaigns towards the quality of leadership rather than personalities.

The debates aim is to entrench a culture of civilised discourse through sessions that will give the public opportunities to listen to candidates, question and interact with them.

The 2017 Kenya Presidential Debate committee is finalising on rules that will guide the debates as well as decide on the number of candidates who will participate.

This is the second time presidential debates will be held in Kenya

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Kenya Presidential Debate 2013

The first debates were held on February 11 and February 25, 2013 before the general elections.

Kenya Presidential Debate 2017

Kenya Presidential Debate 2017

Presidential Candidates to Participate in Kenya Presidential Debate 2017

Category: Kenya Presidential Debate 2017

Below is the list of the 2017 presidential candidates:

  1. Professor Michael Wainaina – PhD – Independent Presidential Candidate
  2. Peter Ondeng – Restore and Build Kenya Party
  3. Abduba Dida – Tunza Coalition
  4. Kennedy Mong’are – Federal Party of Kenya
  5. Ekuru Aukot – Thirdway Alliance Party
  6. Joe Nyagah – Independent Presidential Candidate
  7. Nazlin Omar – Independent Presidential Candidate
  8. Cyrus Jirongo- UDP Party
  9. Uhuru Kenyatta-Jubilee Party
  10. Raila Amolo Odinga –NASA

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Mohammed Abduba Dida in court to stop Kenya presidential debates

Updated: 01.07.2017

Alliance for Real Change presidential candidate Mohammed Abduba Dida has sued seeking to stop two presidential debates planned for July 10 and 24.

He has sued Debate Media Limited and the Media Council of Kenya, the organisers of the presidential debate.

He wants the debates temporarily stopped because they will feature two categories of candidates: those who have already garnered over five per cent popularity as per opinion polls and those who have not.

Through lawyer Nicholas Orinda, he argues that categorising the contenders for the top seat in the August elections is unfair and prejudicial to the other candidates.

He further argues the categorisation will not enrich “political discourse”.

Mr Dida alleges that election laws do not categorise presidential candidates and hence the format for the debates is unlawful.

He wants the presidential debates stopped unless all the candidates are on the same stage.

Only Uhuru, Raila to take part in Kenya presidential debates

Updated: 09.06.2017

The presidential debates before the August election will likely have only President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA candidate Raila Odinga.

Those to be invited must command at least 5 per cent popular support in opinion polls, according to guidelines released by the organisers yesterday.

Only Uhuru and Raila so far command this support. The latest Ipsos poll released on May 30 puts Uhuru at 49 per cent and Raila at 42 per cent.

“Candidates with less than 5 per cent popular support showing in opinion polls will take part in separate single debates to be conducted on the same dates,” the organisers said in a statement.

The debate is organised by Debates Media Ltd, a consortium of several Kenyan media houses.

It will stage two debates for presidential candidates and one for their running mates.

The organisers’ guidelines stipulate that each debate will run uninterrupted for 90 minutes at the Catholic University of East Africa in Nairobi.

The key thematic areas of the debates will be announced to the candidates at least one week prior so they can prepare adequately.

The respective presidential campaign teams will hold a consultative meeting with the Debate Secretariat 14 days before the debate on the rules of engagement, and respective invites sent to the candidates accordingly.

“Presidential campaign teams will be issued with information on the general areas to be covered by the debate, but the specific questions will not be disclosed,” the statement says.

The candidates have been advised to remain respectful, civil and cease insulting each other during the debate session.
“No candidate will be permitted to to use derogatory language in reference to his or her opponent or their contribution,” the organisers said.

Only moderators with vast and strong understanding of the country’s political landscape and critical issues of the presidential campaign will be selected.

They will be gauged on their impartiality, fairness and objectivity.

The events have been slated for July 10, 17 and 24.

Kenya Presidential Debate 2013

Did Kenya presidential debate make a difference?

As millions of viewers were glued to their television sets on Monday to watch the first ever presidential debate in Kenya, the seven male candidates, dressed in immaculate suits, walked to the podium and onto lecterns finely laid out for them at a private school in a suburb of the capital, Nairobi.

Martha Karua, the only woman on the podium, was elegantly dressed in a flowing African printed outfit. They exchanged friendly handshakes and smiles before settling down for the gruelling debate.

Each was given two minutes to state why they wanted to become the fourth president of Kenya in the 4 March election, with the audience of about 200 later given a chance to ask them questions.

Earlier, the debate was hit by uncertainty when one of the candidates who had not been invited to take part, Paul Muite, went to court to demand his inclusion.

The High Court in Nairobi directed the local media groups who organised the debate at a reported cost of $1.1m (£700,000) to include him and another excluded candidate, Mohammed Abduba Dida.

The organisers caved in, reversing their decision to leave the two out on the grounds that when the debate was visualised they had not shown an interest in the presidency.

The debate was expected to last for two hours, but overran by more than an hour with the eight candidates remaining on their feet for the entire period.

‘Taken to task’

It was the International Criminal Court (ICC) case against four Kenyans – including presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto, who are accused of fuelling the violence that broke out after the last election in 2007 – that took centre stage.

Mr Kenyatta, one of the frontrunners for the presidency, was forced to fend off claims of impunity, as he was put on the spot by the moderators and his presidential challengers, who demanded to know why he would not pull out of the race to concentrate on the case at the Hague.

Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto have been indicted by the ICC for crimes against humanity emanating from the violence that killed more than 1,000 people and forced about 300,000 people from their homes after the disputed election that was won by President Mwai Kibaki, who is now stepping down after two terms.

Mr Kenyatta said he and Mr Ruto were innocent and would defend themselves vigorously at The Hague. The case would not prevent him from discharging his presidential duties, if he was elected, he said.

Mr Kenyatta’s main rival, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, was also taken to task by one of the candidates for the violence which engulfed the country after the last election.

Mr Odinga said he was cheated of victory by allies of Mr Kibaki through widespread fraud.

Their supporters then clashed for two months, often targeting people along ethnic lines, until a deal was brokered which saw them agree to share power.

During the debate, Ms Karua said the violence would have been avoided if Mr Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) had challenged the outcome through the courts rather than on the streets.

Mr Muite criticised the ICC’s chief prosecutor for charging Mr Uhuru and Mr Ruto, instead of Mr Kibaki and Mr Odinga – the main candidates in the 2007 election.

He said if his party won next month’s election, he would re-open the case to have the two explain their role.

“There’s no way the two would not have known what was happening,” Mr Muite said, during the three-hour debate conducted in English and broadcast on all local television stations and 34 radio stations.

Mr Odinga, on his part, cautioned Kenyans against electing a president who would spend most of his time at The Hague trying to extricate himself from crimes against humanity charges.

“You cannot run a country through Skype,” he quipped.

The candidates also talked about ethnicity, education and health in the debate.

After the gruelling three hours, their family members and supporters were invited to join them at the podium.
Mr Odinga and Ms Karua were joined by their grandchildren.

Kenyans who spoke in Nairobi and the western town of Nakuru were impressed with the performance of Ms Karua, the only woman candidate.

However, few said they would change the way they intended to vote.

This is not entirely surprising as voting patterns in Kenya are usually dictated by ethnic loyalties.

University of Nairobi academic Herman Manyora said the debate was of little value as Kenyan had an insignificant middle-class that would have been influenced by the performance of some of the candidates

Source: BBC

Kenya Presidential Debate 2013 Participants

  1. Muhamed Abduba Dida – former teacher; mixed parentage, with father a Borana and mother a Somali; no political profile before declaring candidature
  2. Martha Karua – ex-justice minister; only female candidate
  3. Peter Kenneth – ex-banker and lawyer; MP since 2002
  4. Uhuru Kenyatta – deputy prime minister; charged by International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity; seen as a frontrunner
  5. James ole Kiyiapi – ex-civil servant and academic
  6. Musalia Mudavadi – deputy prime minister; briefly served as vice-president under Daniel Arap Moi
  7. Paul Muite – lawyer and veteran opposition politician
  8. Raila Odinga – prime minister; lost 2007 election to outgoing President Mwai Kibaki; seen as a frontrunner

Kenya Presidential Debate 2017 Video

Here is a video of the 2013 Kenya presidential debate


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