KENYA DEBATE 2013

Debate

Once again Kenya was on the global map in fact it was the third most trending topic on twitter on Monday night 25th February for all the good reasons. We hosted the first ever presidential debate in Africa, talk of setting records, I have never been more excited being a Kenyan. Prior to the second debate, one of the presidential candidates Uhuru Kenyatta had written to the organisers withdrawing his participation citing a number of reasons, which to me were not that ‘weighty’.Political analysts, critics and loyal followers were all on him,claiming he stood to lose. Am told it could also have been a strategy to dupe his opponents making them to relax as he was working behind the scenes.

I must commend the moderators Uduak Amimo and Joe Ageyo for a job well done, they were much more professional than Julie who I think should just stick to anchoring news, Linus was quite good.

Am concerned with the fact that some issues were overlooked in these debates like the national debt, inflation and weakening of the shilling, tapping of natural resources , value addition in agricultural products, more funding on irrigation schemes, untaxed informal businesses which are the majority, cutting on bottle-necks for investors setting up businesses, energy harnessing and many others.  

Dida was quite impressive in the sense that he raised issues affecting the common man otherwise called Wanjiku, Uhuru was arguably the best in communication skills, courage, confidence, articulating issues and composure even when hard pressed with tough questions. Peter Kenneth disturbingly did not drop the ‘holier than thou attitude’, though he performed much better than Musalia Mudavadi. Speaking of Musalia, he seemed uncomfortable, he is simply not a debate person. Martha Karua was aggressive as usual, an attribute which does not help her sell. I have a problem with Raila for poor communication skills and body language. How does he even call an opponent ‘hyena’ in a presidential debate,thats lack of etiquette .Muite argued like a lawyer forgetting he is a presidential candidate.

A friend updated on twitter that he hopes in the next five years the debate will be about issues and policies as opposed to who is more corrupt. The future is bright for this great nation, our break through will be fulfilled if we manage to rise above election related violence and by electing leaders of integrity who have Kenya at heart.

I finalise with paying tribute to the late Samuel Kivuitu.May his soul rest in eternal peace. Lets all turn out on 4th, vote peacefully and accept the outcome of the results.Peace!

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