Raila Odinga, a candidate for the presidency of the Azimio la Umoja party, will not be present at the presidential debate that will take place on Tuesday, July 26. According to a statement made by Prof. Makau Mutua, the spokesperson for Raila's presidential campaign, a traditional debate format featuring competing candidates is not a good idea this year. The People Daily reports.
ODM leader Raila Odinga’s presidential campaign board chairperson, Nderitu Muriithi while speaking to Nation, revealed that Raila was advised to skip the debate.
Nderitu said that upon inquiry on why Raila decided to skip the debate said that, "Well, I suppose you want some explanation for the decision by our candidate in Azimio not to participate in what was being proposed as a debate, and of course, we as, Azimio stand with that decision," Laikipia Gubernatorial aspirant said.
He further said that they were aware of it, and he does not think that they should participate in duping Kenyans. Nderitu accused their competitors of routinely taking truths and twisting them to achieve political objectives.
Alluding to the deputy presidential debate, he said that their running mate turned the truth related to the Nanyuki railway line and its revival. Muriithi told Nation that their competitors are not interested in a proper debate about how to create jobs or how to increase incomes but rather interested in slander, and there's no reason for them to be part of it.
"And as I've said here in the church, I indeed call on the entire religious body; the church cannot stand by when the morality of our nation is being eroded in my view the church should not stand by when half-truths are peddled around and when communities are being pitted one against another all in pursuit of power," He added.
Nderitu reiterated that their candidate will be at a social hall and they will field questions directly from citizens and participate in a much more open manner to what the needs of Kenyans are.
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