In Summary

  • Chairman of the Steering Committee organising the Presidential Debates Wachira Waruru told the ‘Nation’ that the debate is still on and the organisers will host the remaining four candidates.
  • Mr Emmanuel Nzai, the running mate of Dr Ekuru Aukot (Thirdway Alliance Kenya), said he will only attend the debate if all candidates are present and treated equally.

The presidential running mates debate scheduled for today evening at Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) will continue as earlier planned despite half the candidates saying they will not attend.

The chairman of the steering committee organising the presidential debates, Wachira Waruru, told the Nation that the debate is still on and the organisers will host the remaining four candidates.

“We will host the other half,” Mr Waruru said in a short text message.

Deputy President William Ruto is still campaigning at the Coast with President Uhuru Kenyatta while National Super Alliance (Nasa) counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka is out of the country.

SANITISE PROCESS

Mr Ruto, through his official Twitter page, said: “I’m very surprised with this debate, nobody has engaged me about it. Surely a little courtesy on date, content and rules of engagement would do.”

Emmanuel Nzai, the running mate of Ekuru Aukot (Thirdway Alliance Kenya), said he will only attend the debate if all candidates are present and treated equally.

“They dismissed us as fringe candidates and now that Deputy President William Ruto and Mr Kalonzo Musyoka have declined to attend they want to use us to sanitise the whole process,” Mr Nzai said.

EQUAL TREATMENT

Mr Nzai said all candidates must be treated equally by having one debate and not a two-tier debate.

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