6 candidates to participate in Kenyan presidential debates

By IndepthAfrica
In East Africa
Feb 9th, 2013

Preparations are in the final stages for Kenya’s first televised presidential debate next week, with six candidates participating, Kenya’s Daily Nation reported Wednesday (February 6th).

Candidates Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi, parliamentarian Martha Karua, Assistant Minister for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030 Peter Kenneth, and former Education Permanent Secretary James ole Kiyiapi will share the stage for two hours on Monday (February 11th). The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has cleared eight candidates to run in the election.

The debate will cover governance and social services, including health, education, security and resource management. A second debate scheduled for February 25th will cover economy, land, devolution and foreign policy, said director of operations for the debates Francis Munywoki. More than 5,000 questions have been submitted from citizens via SMS, e-mail, Facebook and Twitter, he said.

The debate will air live on eight television and 34 radio stations across Kenya. Google will stream it online, and CNN and Reuters will offer international coverage.

An estimated 100 million shillings ($1.1 million) has been spent on the event, according to Munywoki.

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