Kenyan Presidential Debate 2013

Posted: February 12, 2013 in Politics/Current issues



The first among the upcoming presidential debate finally took place yesterday, bringing together the eight presidential aspirants Raila Odinga, Uhuru Kenyatta, Musalia Mudavadi, Peter Kenneth, Martha Karua, James Ole Kiyiapi, Paul Muite and Mohammed Dida.

The debate which was aired in all television stations and broadcast in radio stations for millions of Kenyans was one of a king being the first to be done in the country was a very good platform for all the leaders seeking to succeed president Kibaki air their views on their dreams for a better Kenya. Kenyans got a chance to watch this Kenyans from the usual political rallies they are used to where politicians hold political rallies without giving Kenyans a chance to question and interrogate them. Political rallies, which have always been used since independence have always given Kenyans little time to here in details what these aspirants visions are. Instead, these leaders have always used these rallies to manipulate and incite Kenyans and even going to the extent of throwing insults at their political rivals. The rallies have also always gone to the extent of being marred with violence where people have lost lives and others injured. That is totally different from what was experienced during these first pre-election presidential debate. Each of them was given an equal platform to sell his ideas to the electorate and they did exactly that.

With the hosts dwelling on the key major issues of Ethnicity, Education, Health, Foreign policy, security,Party politics among others, each of them outlined their views and Kenyans keenly followed them.  Their main aim to convince the 14 million Kenyan voters to vote for them come the general elections which are just around the corner.

The main issues that were being discussed during the debate are in the core of most the candidates manifestos, they both battled out each trying to outdo the other. However, it should be seen that this is just a very promising initiative that was started by our media organisations and as Kenyans we are eagerly waiting for the next debate scheduled for February 25th.

One only hopes that as they continue with their campaigns in this remaining few days before the next debate and the elections, they are going to preach what they talked during the debate.  The debate was very crucial as Kenyans will now be able to see what both of the candidates have to offer. Thanks to our media houses for embracing such a noble idea.

Nixon Kanali, Nairobi 



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