The Catholic University of Eastern Africa is set to host this year’s Presidential debate. The debate is set to be held a month to the general elections in August. This has been announced by Wachira Waruru who is the Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the Presidential debate. Wachira said this in a statement to the press at Radisson Blu Hotel in Nairobi with various heads of media houses in Kenya.
This will be Kenya’s second Presidential debate after the first which was held on February 25th before the general elections in March of 2013. The idea was borrowed from the American presidential debate that was held in 2012. It is set to ask both the Presidential candidates and their running mates questions on their manifesto and leadership qualities.
According to the Nation website CUEA will host this program and it will be broadcasted live on all radio and TV stations in Kenya at 7:30 pm. The first debate will be held on July 10th and will involve all presidential candidates vying for the top job this year. The second session will have their running mates going head to head on July 17th. The final debate will be held on July 24th giving the presidential candidates another chance to sell out their plans to Kenyans.
The first ever Kenyan presidential debate had 7 candidates vying for presidency but this year the number has gone down. This year there is stiff competition between the current president Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA coalition leader Raila Odinga just like 4 years ago. The debate is bound to be interesting due to the current state of affairs in the Country. The moderators are yet to be named by the committee but we hope they will soon.