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“I will not attend Presidential Debate,” Raila Odinga

Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga will not attend the presidential debate with William Ruto, Makau Mutua confirms.

In a press statement released by Prof. Makau Mutua, the demand by UDA candidate William Ruto to have certain issues left out deviated from the purpose of the national debate.

“That is why he has demanded that the debate not focus on corruption, ethics and governance. These are issues at the core of the Azimio campaign; any debate devoid of these questions will be an insult to the intelligence of Kenyans,” he stated.

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Mutua explained that Raila and running mate Martha Karua participating in the debate would only be campaigning for the Kenya Kwanza candidate.

“It would be a colossal mistake to reward such a person with a national debate. We will not assist his failing campaign; he can explain himself and his poor record to voters without our help,”

“We plan to take part in a televised town hall at Jericho Social Hall in Nairobi’s Eastlands with ordinary Kenyans to offer our solutions to the challenges facing the country and common people,” the statement read in part.

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He also accused the DP of becoming desperate as his campaign flails and supporters abandon him, and Azmio will not be party to helping the Kenya Kwanza leader’s “ungovernable greed for power”.

“Simply put, our main opponent has proven over the course of his career that he will do and say anything in his ungovernable greed for power. As is well known, our opponent has traversed the country hurling epithets at us and other key national leaders, including vile sexist attacks,” he said.

The Azimio camp also expressed misgivings about the debate structure with opposing candidates joining together on stage, saying it is a bad idea “this year”.

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He said debates should typically provide an opportunity for voters to hear directly from candidates for public office, to understand their vision for leadership, and to decide whether the candidate reflects their values.

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