By Judith Gicobi
The first-ever Deputy Presidential Debate will include Azimio’s Martha Karua and Rigathi Gachagua, the UDA presidential candidate.
Gachagua will participate in the debate, according to Clifford Machoka, the head of the Presidential Debate Secretariat, who spoke with the media on Monday, July 18.
The Catholic University of Eastern Africa hosted a pre-debate briefing on the guidelines for the event where the Mathira MP unexpectedly showed up.
The deputy candidate whose popularity scored higher than 5% in the most recent popularity polls will square off against Karua in the second round of the debate.
Gachagua had been absent from the UDA group while William Ruto was conducting campaigns throughout Nairobi County.
Hussein Mohamed, the director of communications for Ruto’s presidential campaign, said on July 15 that although he had urged both Gachagua and Ruto not to attend the debate, the candidates would ultimately decide whether or not to do so.
“On the matter of the Presidential Debate, I think we made a statement on that earlier. Whether or not the candidate or his running mate will appear is a matter that now firmly rests with them,” he stated.
Ruth Mutua, the running mate for the Agano party, will debate with Justina Wamae, the running mate for George Wajackoyah, in the first session of the debate.
The major debate will be moderated by journalists Sophia Wanuna (KTN) and James Smart (NTV), while Linda Alela of TV47 and John Jacob Mworia of KBC will oversee the first session.
Trevor Ombija, an anchor and broadcaster for Citizen TV, will preside over the panels before, between, and after the two sessions.
On Tuesday, July 26, there will be a presidential debate featuring Raila Odinga, William Ruto, George Wajackoya, and David Mwaure.