By Judith Gicobi
William Ruto, the candidate for the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), has urged his Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition rival to rethink his choice to skip the presidential debate scheduled for Tuesday, July 26.
On July 25, Ruto indicated he was ready to debate with Raila when speaking in Nandi Hills.
“I want to encourage my competitor. Please, I will be waiting for you at the debate.”
“I am asking him (Raila) to come, if not for any other reason, so that he can tell Kenyans what is Tibim and Tialala mean.”
“These Kenyans want to know what is the essence of these folktales you usually tell at your rallies. Even if you do not have a policy, just come and tell Kenyans that,” Ruto said.
Through his campaign spokesperson Makau Mutua, Raila announced that he would forgo the debate and go to a town hall event at Jericho Social Hall that would be broadcast live.
Ruto, however, asserted that Raila chose not to participate in the much publicized presidential debate because he has no plans for the nation.
“He has feared going for the debate because they cannot articulate any agenda because they have none.
“That man who is full of rhetoric lacks clarity on what he wants for Kenyans. There is only one plan in Kenya and that is the one that Kenya Kwanza has,” Ruto said in Kisii.