Nairobi — The 2022 Presidential Debate Secretariat has confirmed that the debate slated for Tuesday will go on as scheduled despite concerns raised by Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya and Kenya Kwanza coalitions.
The Secretariat led by Clifford Machoka said in a statement that the debate will be held at the Catholic University for Eastern Africa Main campus in Karen, from 4 pm to 10 pm.
“We continue to engage all stakeholders, including the various presidential campaign teams. We are committed to make the Debates as inclusive and representative as possible, for the benefit of the Kenyan people,” he stated.
This is after Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Presidential Campaign Secretariat indicated that Raila Odinga will not attend the debate but will instead take part in a televised town hall meting at Jericho Social Hall after Ruto’s demands on topics.
Odinga’s Campaign Secretariat Spokesman Makau Mutua said Raila cannot debate United Democratic Alliance Presidential Candidate William Ruto who he claims has no regard for ethics and public morals.
“Our opponent has no regard for ethics, public morals or shame, that is why he has demanded that the debate not focus on corruption, integrity, ethic and governance- the key existential question that Kenya faces. These issues sit at the core of the Azimio campaign. Any debate devoid of these questions will be an insult to the intelligence of Kenyans,” he said.