In Summary
  • The letter had cited discrimination of the uninvited candidates, saying it was unconstitutional and discriminatory.
  • Mr Waruru had earlier told Nation that preparations had been finalised.

The planned presidential and running mates debates slated for July 24 and July 17, respectively, have been thrown into confusion and may not take place after all.

Some presidential candidates and their running mates on Sunday threatened to boycott the debates that are supposed to be held at Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Karen.

CLARIFY
In what appears to be a fresh blow, five presidential candidates – Ekuru Aukot, Michael Wainaina, Cyrus Jirongo, Japheth Kavinga, Joe Nyaga, and Abduba Dida – and their running mates (Miriam Mutua, Emmanuel Nzai, Orina Momanyi, Mithiora Kariara and Titus Ngetuny) wrote a letter, dated July 16, to the chairman of the Presidential Debates Steering Committee, Wachira Waruru, and Debates Media Ltd, the organiser of both debates, seeking clarification on the mode of the debate.

CRITERIA
The letter had cited discrimination against uninvited candidates, saying it was unconstitutional and discriminatory.

They promised to attend the debate only if their grievances are addressed and a clarification made on the mode of debate.

"Further to our previous communications on the above referenced matter, you are yet to clarify to us that you are not pursuing two tier Presidential Debates.

"Should you therefore be still committed to this discriminatory approach, the undersigned being duly cleared presidential candidates and their running mates will have no option but not to participate in what is a clearly unconstitutional, illegal and discriminatory process," part of the letter seen by the Nation read.

CAMPAIGNS
However, even without the new turn of events, there had been rumours that the running mates for the two top presidential candidates, William Ruto and Kalonzo Musyoka, would give the debate a wide berth.

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