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Revealed: Number of Kenyans who watched the Deputy Presidential Debate



By Judith Gicobi

The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) has announced the number of Kenyans who watched the deputy presidential debate that took place  on July 19.

The debate was broadcasted live from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) in Karen, Nairobi, and according to the data by MCK, 34 million Kenyans watched it.

“34 million Kenyans followed the recently held Presidential Debates organized by the Media Council of Kenya, Media Owners Association and The Kenya Editors Guild and aired in all Kenyan radio and television stations and multiple online channels,” MCK stated.

34 million Kenyans equates to 82% of the country’s population. The second round of the debate, which put Azimio running mate Martha Karua against her Kenya Kwanza rival Rigathi Gachagua, was viewed by 70% of Kenyans.

According to MCK, 5% of people watched the first round of the debate between Ruth Mucheru and Justina Wamae of the Agano Party.

One-third of people watched both debates.

MCK said that 76 percent of the audience watched the debate on television, 19 percent listened to the radio, and 10 percent followed it on social media.

The study by MCK comes as Kenyans anticipate the presidential debate slated for Tuesday, July 26 at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) in Karen, Nairobi from 5pm.

William Ruto, the presidential candidate for the Kenya Kwanza, announced on Thursday that he will participate in the debate, alongside his primary rival Raila Odinga of the Azimio.

Agano’s David Mwaure and George Wajackoyah of the Roots party will square it off in the first tier of the debate, while Ruto and Raila will be in the second tier.

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