A letter requesting the deployment of lie detectors during the presidential debate set for next week has been rejected by Azimio la Umoja One Kenya.
The letter was labeled as a forgery by Raila Odinga's group, the former prime minister.
The letter, which circulated on social media on Friday, July 23, allegedly included Prof. Makau Mutua's signature as the campaign spokesperson for Raila.
Azimio had asked the debate organizers to make sure that a lie detector is attached to each contender to verify their responses in the fictitious letter that he had sent.
Team Azimio has concerns about the presidential discussion scheduled for July 26, 2022, to be held at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa due to a variety of circumstances. The preference shown to our rivals in earlier debates, particularly the Nairobi gubernatorial debate and the running mates' discussion, has been at the heart of our discomfort.
No contender should be permitted to use cheat sheets, cell phones, earpieces, or any other devices during the debate. Each candidate should have a lie detector attached, with results shown in real-time, the letter section stated.
The letter also included requests for the delivery of credentials and the formation of a fact-checking committee.
On Tuesday, July 26, Raila will debate Deputy President William Ruto.
The bogus letter surfaced days after Ruto's team wrote to the event organizers asking them to let the media know when questions will be posed.
The running mates debate, which took place on Tuesday, July 19, was not issue-focused, according to the WSR secretariat.
If the moderators hadn't been preoccupied with irrelevant personalities and relationships, the 1 hour 30 minutes allotted for the running mate debate would have been plenty.
Yvonne Okwara of Citizen TV and Erick Lattif of KTN News will moderate the debate on Tuesday.
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