The fate of the Presidential running mate debate after bigwigs opted out

– Organisers of the Presidential runningmate debate have announced that the event will run as scheduled

– The debate is slated for Monday, July 17, 2017

– This is despite the fact that prominent figures such as DP Ruto and opposition’s Kalonzo Musyoka decided to snub the debate on various grounds

The Presidential running mates debate will go on as scheduled despite the absence of key players, the organisers have announced.

Wachira Waruru, the chairperson of the steering committee which is organizing the debate revealed that the debate would go on, despite only 4 runningmates assuring of their attendance.

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“We will host the other half,” Waruru revealed as quoted by Nation.

A file photo of the Presidential debate. PHOTO: Nation

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As reported earlier, Deputy President Wiliam Ruto indirectly hinted at missing out on the debate on Twitter, claiming that he was aware of any plans to hold a debate.

"I’m very surprised with this debate, nobody has engaged me about it. Surely a little courtesy on date, content and rules of engagement would do.” Ruto had written on Twitter.

Presidential running mates debate will go on without Ruto, Kalonzo

DP Ruto is currently campaigning in Malindi. PHOTO:

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With DP Ruto set to intensify Jubilee campaigns in the coastal region, Kimani Ichungwa- the current Kikuyu MP is set to represent him at the debate which will be held at the Catholic University on Monday, July 17.

NASA Deputy Kalonzo Musyoka also looks set to snub the runningmate debate.

The highly anticipated Presidential debate has also been clouded by uncertainly after six out of the 8 candidates excluded themselves from the debate on grounds that it was ‘discriminatory’.

In 2013, Kenya had its first presidential debate that saw President Uhuru Kenyatta take on five aspirants including Raila Odinga, Paul Muite, Peter Kenneth, Abduba Dida, James ole Kiyapi and Martha Karua.

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