Sonko, Kenneth skip gubernatorial debate


By Rose Gakuo

Nairobi Jubilee party gubernatorial candidate Mike Mbuvi Sonko and independent candidate Peter Kenneth gave a wide berth to a public debate forum in which all the contestants for the position were to lay bare their vision for Nairobi residents.

Only Nairobi County Governor Dr. Evans Kidero, independent candidate Miguna Miguna and three little known others participated in the debate that was organized by the Kenya Alliance of Residents Association.

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The debate was meant to bring together the seven Nairobi County gubernatorial candidates. But it turned out to be a low key event pitting the incumbent Evans Kidero and the combative independent candidate Miguna Miguna who is not considered his key challenger.

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The three other candidates Michael Mutinda, Geoffrey Wanyoike and Kamau Macharia were either making their public debut to Nairobians, or they are just simply unknown to many.

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Attempts by Sonko to delegate the debate to his running mate Polycarp Igathe hit a dead end after he was turned away, with many attributing the decision by Sonko to give the debate a wide berth to his alleged incapacity to articulate issues.

That however did not deter the debate from proceeding, as the candidates present pitched their case on why they should be elected.

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The candidates were also required to explain the vision they have for Nairobians in key sectors like housing, transport and healthcare.

Kidero bore the brunt of it all, with participants asking him to explain what he had done for the people of Nairobi for the last four years to warrant hiss re-election.


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