Analysis: Kenya Presidential Debate Enters Round 2 Today

approved geneva;”>In a letter to the organizers, viagra sale Uhuru Kenyatta’s Campaign team expressed displeasure in the manner at which the first round was conducted.

The campaign had said it was disappointment that there were numerous acts of omission and commission that affected the overall tenor of the debate, particularly the moderators’ obsession with the ICC issue.

The campaign had said other equally important issues to Kenyans were neglected by the moderators.

“It is our observation that the moderators deliberately allowed the other candidates to escape public scrutiny over various national scandals that have characterized their political careers; a number of which are even more prominent than the ICC issue,” said the team.

Just a recap of the first round of the historic debate, there was heated debate on the international criminal court cases where Raila Odinga cleared his name where he was accused to have a hand in the fate of the jubilee presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta together with his running mate William Ruto.

Raila cleared the air saying his efforts to have a local tribunal were downplayed by revolts in his party ODM led by Eldoret North MP William Ruto who is now facing charges on crime against humanity at the International Criminal Court based in the Hague, Netherlands.

“President Kibaki and I spent hours persuading our Joint parliamentary group but Ruto and other Revolts said ‘don’t be vague lets go to Hague,” Odinga argued.

Martha Karua who by then was the minister for justice blamed the two principals for failing to rally support for the bill despite having it passed by the cabinet.

“I blame the two principals Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga for failing to attend the house proceedings owing to the fact that a 148 vote was required to pass the bill. I was left with the baby in parliament trying to beg members of parliament to pass this crucial bill but they walked out on me and therefore as we talk there was no vote for the ICC cases so the law was not passed,” Martha Karua said confidently.

In a quick rejoinder Raila said he tried all that he could but the rivalry from within his political party ODM is to blame for the cases going all the way to Hague based International Criminal Court.

On the candidature of the Jubilee alliance presidential aspirant Uhuru Kenyatta, Leaders maintained their stand except Paul Muite and Peter Kenneth who said the choice of president lies with the Kenyans.

Kenyatta argued that the ICC trials would not deter him from running the affairs of the State if he is elected president.

He said the job he sought was an elective position and therefore was not subject to the requirement for public officials to step aside when named in connection to crimes.

“Presidential seat is elective and therefore the Kenyan people will decide whether I can be their president or not.”

What Kenyans expect

Now that the issues concerning Healthcare, Education, National Unity, Security, Ownership of Migingo Island, Party Politics, ICC, Governance and Tribalism were discussed in the first round; Kenya’s attention is now shifted to Land reforms, Unemployment amongst other issues.

Constitution Implementation Commission (CIC) Chairman Charles Nyachae said that the leaders have a right to use the subject as a subject matter in their campaigns.

It will be remembered that National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) chairman Mzalendo Kibunja together with Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo had told the candidates to avoid addressing the issue due to the sensitivity of the matters.

Nyachae had termed the agenda as unconstitutional and leaders were not barred from discussing what is now termed as emotive.

“It is legitimate political right of those campaigning to discuss issues touching on the constitution land included,” said Nyachae.

The CIC chair further said Land issues ‘should not be outlawed on grounds of being sensitive or emotive’, as they equally affect all Kenyans together with unemployment and integrity.

With all eyes set to get real answers for the emotive land reforms and unemployment, the second presidential debate will therefore present Kenyans the final rare platform to have the 7 men and a woman discuss the issues that has affected Kenya for the last 50 years of independence.


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