We’ll see no holds barred when Kenya’s presidential hopefuls go head-to-head on Tuesday, July 26, as they lay out their vision for the country if elected.
It was confirmed on Tuesday by Clifford Machoka, head of the Presidential Debates Secretariat, that the event will go ahead as planned despite the rumors that some candidates may choose to skip it for various reasons.
There will be two tiers of debates, one for those with less than 5% approval and one for those with 5% and above, according to the Presidential Debates Secretariat.
Among the contenders are Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya, led by Raila Odinga, and the Kenya Kwanza coalition, led by William Ruto.
The Roots Party’s George Wajackoyah will face the Agano Party’s David Mwaure in the live broadcast from the main campus of Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Second and final sets will be moderated by NTV’s Smriti Vidyarthi and KTN’s Ken Mijungu, respectively, while Citizen TV’s Yvonne Okwara and KTN News’ Eric Latiff will moderate the first set, respectively.
Joe Ageyo of NTV will moderate both debate panel discussions.
At least 24 members of the diplomatic community have confirmed their attendance, according to Machoka, who confirmed the number.
Foreign diplomats, diplomats-in-waiting and representatives to Kenya are expected to attend.
Algeria, the United States, Argentina, the AKDN, Australia, Costa Rica, the United Nations Development System, and Congo are among the countries represented by the consuls.
In addition, envoys from Ethiopia, Senegal, South Africa, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Romania, Jordan, Portugal, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, Qatar, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, and Ukraine will also be in attendance.
When asked about his participation in the debate, Raila Odinga said it was “a bad idea” and that he’s “a leader who will do and say anything” in order to get into power.
A third presidential candidate, George Wajackoyah, has said he will not attend the debates because they are biased and intended to isolate the other candidates.
The debate will be the last of three political debates, following the debate between the Deputy President and the Nairobi Governor.