- Among the fringe candidate’s only one running mate, Eliud Kariara, attended the debate, which continued for 90 minutes as earlier planned.
- Those who showed up later were denied access into the debating auditorium.
- The steering committee gave an account of how they have been actively engaging all the candidates.
The steering committee of the presidential debates has issued a terse statement over the failure by several presidential candidates' running mates to attend the first debate.
Deputy President William Ruto of the Jubilee Party and Nasa's Kalonzo Musyoka both failed to turn up for the debate on Monday at Catholic University.
Among the fringe candidates, only one running mate, Eliud Muthiora Kariara, attended the debate that continued for 90 minutes as earlier planned.
Those who showed up later were denied access into the debating auditorium.
The steering committee gave an account of how they have been actively engaging all the candidates, saying that no one should feign ignorance or lack of consultation for failing to show up for the debate.
“The suggestion that the candidates did not know about these debates is therefore at best dishonest.
"These debates have never been about individual candidates, they have never been about any one or two political parties,” the statement reads.
“The debates are driven by the enduring principle that the media is a watchdog for society and provides a platform for alternative visions to contend.