By Judith Gicobi
The Deputy Presidential debate will be held this coming week, and the hosts have been announced by the Presidential Debates Secretariat as being Trevor Ombija of Citizen TV, Sophia Wanuna of KTN, James Smart of NTV, Linda Alela of TV47, and John Jacob Kioria of KBC.
The four Deputy Presidential candidates, Martha Karua of Azimio, Rigathi Gachagua of Kenya Kwanza, Justina Wamae of the Roots Party, and Ruth Mutua of the Agano Party, will square off in the debate and outline their plans for the nation if they win the general election next month.
“We confirm and remind the public that the 2022 Deputy Presidential Debate will take place on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at the Catholic University for Eastern Africa (CUEA) main campus situated in Karen, Nairobi, from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm,” read the statement signed by Clifford Machoka, the head of the Presidential Debates Secretariat.
This will be the second of three political discussions. The first one was the Nairobi Governor Debate, in which nine candidates vying to lead the country’s capital took part.
Two groups will participate in the debate: those with approval ratings of less than 5% and those with approval ratings of 5% and higher.
“The first-tier debate featuring candidates who have polled less than 5% in three recent opinion polls will be moderated by Linda Alela of TV47 and John Jacob Kioria of KBC,” reads the statement.
“The second-tier debate involving candidates who have polled above 5% in three recent opinion polls will be moderated by Sophia Wanuna of KTN News and James Smart of NTV. Panel discussions for both debates will be moderated by Trevor Ombija of Citizen TV.”