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Only one candidate attends Kenya's first elections debate

Only one candidate attends Kenya's first elections debate

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Only one candidate showed up for Kenya’s first presidential debate reserved for running mates.

Independent candidate, Japhet Kavinga’s running mate Muthiora Kariara had the entire 90 minutes to himself as he addressed the nation from the Catholic University of East Africa.

Running mates of the seven other candidates including Deputy President William Ruto (Jubilee Party) and Kalonzo Musyoka (National Super Alliance) failed to attend.

Ruto earlier declined the invitation by organizers Debates Media Limited saying he was not engaged on the much anticipated debate.

I am surprised no one has engaged me on the debate. Courtesy demands that date, time, rules of engagement would have been made available.

“I am surprised no one has engaged me on the debate. Courtesy demands that date, time, rules of engagement would have been made available,” he tweeted on Sunday.

The organisers said in a statement that denying knowledge about the debate is “dishonest” because they reached out to all campaign teams.

The independent candidate’s running mate Muthiora Kariara had a field day to tell Kenyans his team’s vision in terms of the economy, corruption and security.

On July 24, there will be another presidential debate for the presidential candidates. However, the two major candidates, incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga had expressed disinterest in the debate.

Uhuru, like his running mate said he was not consulted while Odinga was against its format.

On Monday, Raila Odinga, through his adviser Salim Lone, called on the president saying it is not too late to reach an agreement.

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