VIDEOS: Kenya Presidential Candidates Face-Off in First-Ever Debate
The first-ever presidential debate in Kenya took place today. All eight presidential candidates participated in the debate, which was sponsored by the Media Owners Association and aired live on all radio and TV stations and also streamed online.
The debate touched on several topics including domestic and foreign policy, the ICC cases, tribalism, and corruption.
The debate was held at Karen Brookside School in Nairobi and was moderated by Citizen TV's Julie Gichuru and NTV's Linus Kaikai. In addition to answering questions from the two moderators, the live audience got to ask questions on the various topics.
Good Debate, however:
- The organizers should have provided appropriate seats to the participants to enable them relax instead of standing for all those hours. Was there a medical report that was done to ascertain the health status of each candidate or it was assumed that they will survive the standing ordeal of 3.5 hours? This was a punishment and a torture. During the second round make everything comfortable. These are CEOs and should have been treated as such.
- The organizers should have provided water. No where did we see any of them having a sip even as they were struggling to have their voices appear good. Water relaxes the body tissues and enables sharp responses as tension is reduced.
- The Coordinators did a good job except for Gichuru who most of the time left the participants to deviate from the core questions and make responses take a personal turn. She most of the time behaved like she was part of them by helping them complete answering questions through her interjections.
- As much as most the participants may not have had enough information on most issues, they should have been left to exhaust the time allocated instead of cutting them short through interjections and allowing others spend more time than allocated. This was absolute bias that was seen live.
- During the Second round let the coordinators insist on Issue Based questions and avoid questions/answers that tend to be personal or humiliating the other candidates.
Good points Kennedy. I do not understand why they had to be on their feet for that long! I hope our leaders can learn to address the mwananchi even when they have an eye-pleasing madam running the show :))
A good way of getting to know our presidents-to-be. This has really changed my opinion on Mudavadi....like him more now.... but would want to see a debate between Kiyapi, Uhuru, Raila, Martha and Mudavadi.....moderators of choice Wahome .....(of Upclose and Candid), PLO Lumumba and Openda.
Amazing debate! I am so proud of you all. this is a great step in the right direction. Mr. Dida got my vote thought, he is honest of all and speaks the truth. Kenyans need fresh faces and new politicians. This is new era. No body interested in SAME OLD WAY.. Uhuru, Odinga and so forth, are they the only ones let other Kenyans get chance.