All set for Kisii Gubernatorial debate tonight

The Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) will Thursday evening host the fourth edition of the gubernatorial debate in Kisii county.

The race has attracted seven candidates but only six have confirmed participation in the hour long debate that will be televised live on KBC TV and all social media platforms.

Those contesting the top county seat include Dagoretti North MP, Simba Arati (Orange Democratic Movement, ODM), former cabinet minister Chris Obure (Jubilee) and Senator Sam Ongeri (Democratic Action Party-Kenya).

Others are Nyaribari Masaba MP Ezekiel Machogu (United Democratic Alliance), former South Mugirango MP Manson Nyamweya (Kenya National Congress, KNC) and Bishop Josiah Biyogo (Independent).

KBC Channel One TV host John Jacob Kioria will moderate the #KisiiDecides debate that will take place at Kisii University from 9.50pm.

Similar weekly debates have been held in Machakos County, Murang’a County and Narok County.

Kenyans across the country may also access a Livestream of the debate online by visiting the KBC website ( or through its social media channels including YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

The candidates are seeking to succeed Governor James Ongwae who was sworn to office on 27 March 2013 and has completed two terms.

In his campaigns Nyamweya has promised to spend part of the funds allocated to the county to tarmac roads and to ensure people have water in their homes, adding that its Gucha region’s turn to produce a governor.

Gucha consists of Bobasi, Bogirango and Bomachoge.

He argued that Kitutu, which consists of Kitutu Chache South, Kitutu Chache North and Nyaribari has had its chance through Ongwae.

Machogu is campaigning on his development record. He emerged fifth overall in the recent national constituency development ranking and has also pledged to set up a special ward fund to spur development at the grassroots.

He also said if elected, he would consider each clan during allocation of seats.

Prof Ongeri on his part is banking on his long career in public service to give him an advantage over his rivals.

Arati has vowed to fight corruption if elected and also promised a clean administration with fairness in job recruitment in the county.

Obure with his running mate William Mbaka say if elected their focus will be on improvement of healthcare, agriculture, water and road network.

Dr. Ratemo promises tested leadership and unmatched passion for farming and agriculture among other essential activities that he will push to achieve a more developed and regionally and internationally appealing county.

Kisii County is the most populous town in Nyanza after Kisumu. It is divided into nine constituencies namely: Kitutu Chache North, Kitutu Chache South, Nyaribari Masaba, Nyaribari Chache, Bomachoge Borabu, Bomachoge Chache, Bobasi, South Mugirango and Bonchari.

Kisii has sub-counties and 45 wards respectively with a total population of 1,266,860 .


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