Ruling on presidential debate set for Friday

By Lynance Mwashigadi

The outcome of the ruling of the case filed by Presidential candidate Mohammed Abdub Dida is likely to determine whether the presidential debate slated for July 10th and 24th will materialize.

The ruling is expected to be delivered Friday in Mombasa as the presidential debate secretariat embarks on a public relation stunt to convince both the Jubilee party and NASA flag bearers to be enjoined back in the debate.

Dida in his suit, claims the presidential debates guidelines are discriminatory, in bad faith and contrary to the Constitution.

He noted that all presidential candidates must be accorded same status to outline their vision as provided by the law.

The presidential debate secretariat suffered a blow Wednesday after the two “main horses” pulled out of the debate have now embarked on a public relations mission in efforts to streamline the debate guidelines.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his main rival Raila Odinga pulled out of two debate after they got wind of plans to change the format, pitting all eight candidates against each other.

Initially, the two front-runners were to go head to head, while six smaller candidates would engage in a separate match on Monday, with a second debate on July 24.


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